Every day in the U.S., more than 400 people die because of a preventable hospital error.
Some people do more research on what car to buy than what hospital to go to. The Hospital Safety Score provides the data and research to help you make an informed decision about the most critical aspect of a hospital stay: safety. It doesn’t matter if your hospital has the latest equipment or the best specialists if safety procedures aren’t in place. The safety measurements the Hospital Safety Score considers represent the very basic blocks of medical care, such as hand-washing, computerized medication control and nurse staffing levels. The goal of the Hospital Safety Score is to reduce the 180,000 yearly deaths from hospital errors and injuries through publicly recognizing safety and exposing harm. “Harm” ranges from infections and acquired injuries (such as bedsores) to medication mix-ups and other errors.
Find out the Hospital Safety Score at www.HospitalSafetyScore.org of your local hospital before there is an emergency, and use this information to plan medical procedures you or a loved one is about to face. Take a copy of the score with you on your next doctor’s visit and start a conversation. You have a choice. And you deserve to be in the best hospital possible.