Hospital Safety Score

Our Mission

How safe is your hospital?  The Hospital Safety Score is an A, B, C, D, or F letter grade reflecting how safe hospitals are for patients. For the first time ever, this score empowers you to make informed decisions about the safety of your medical care.  Almost 2,700 hospitals across the country have received a letter grade evaluating their safety- please visit to look up the safest hospitals in your community.

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 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.


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    How can I make sure my name is recorded correctly in the hospital?

    Patient identification can present problems in hospitals. Names that look and sound similar, rhyme, or are easily mispronounced can increase the chances of “wrong-person errors.” A few suggestions to help minimize confusion:
    • When you register at the hospital, make sure your name is recorded com
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    In the hospital, how can I protect my child from MRSA?

    Cleanliness and neatness can help protect your child from MRSA:
    • Wash your hands often using soap and warm water for 15 seconds -- especially after you touch anything. Use alcohol-based hand gel or foam if you can’t get to a sink.
    • Say something if the healthcare team or visitors don’t wash their
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    How many patients acquire an infection while being hospitalized?

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that approximately 1 out of every 20 patients will contract an infection while they are in the hospital. Different kinds of infections occur at different rates, and variables in people and conditions contribute to the likelihood of getting...Read More
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    Why do nurses keep asking my name in the hospital?

    Nurses and other healthcare providers do many different things when they take care of you in the hospital. They will frequently confirm who you are, why you are in the hospital, and what procedure you are scheduled to receive. These measures serve as a “double check” for your safety. Many societies...Read More
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    Are life-threatening infections like MRSA largely confined to hospitals?

    MRSA is very common. You can catch it in the community in which you live. You can also catch it in the hospital. One third of us carry around the germ without being affected by it. MRSA is most likely to be spread to an open wound.  Individuals that are prone to catch MRSA are young children with...Read More
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    Why do I need to know about patient safety in the hospital?

    Hospitals are complicated places. It’s important for you to know about patient safety while you or a loved one is there, just like it is important to know about driving safety while you are in traffic! To ensure receipt of safe care, it is important to actively participate as best you or your invited...Read More
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    What can I do to prevent a misdiagnosis?

    Be sure to recognize that diagnosis is not always easy and misdiagnosis can occur. As an involved patient you can bring your experience to each visit with your doctor. Being open about that experience is very helpful when you talk with your doctor about a medical problem that hasn’t been fixed. You...Read More
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    How can others help me avoid infection in the hospital?

    Your family and friends can play a part in keeping you safe from infection while you are in the hospital:
    • Wash their hands frequently when they are at the hospital.
    • Help health care staff and visitors remember to wash their hands and objects that may come in contact with you (cell phones, laptops,
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    Does hand washing help prevent infection in the ICU?

    Hand washing is very important in preventing the spread of infection in the ICU. Intensive Care Unit patients usually have very weakened immune systems and are more susceptible to catching an infection.  Read More
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    What can I do to prevent falls while in the hospital?

    Preventing falls is important in hospitals. Falls are a major problem, and patients of all ages are vulnerable to them, especially the elderly. Falls often happen when patients try to get out of bed to either go on a walk or go to the bathroom. Experts say that if you need to get out of bed, you...Read More
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    Why are hospital shift changes dangerous?

    Shift changes happen regularly in hospitals, and these ‘changes of the guard’ can be dangerous. Shift changes have increased recently due to reductions in residency workload, a measure that is generally good, but that also means a greater number of people must discuss your care over the course of...Read More
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    What is an adverse event?

    An adverse event is a health problem that results from the medical care you receive. Some adverse events are preventable, others are not. Preventable adverse events are those associated with error or mistakes. Adverse events can affect your health in minor to major ways. If you have suffered an adverse...Read More
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    What is a surgical checklist?

    A surgical checklist helps your surgical team work together to make your surgery safer. Just like pilots and co-pilots review steps prior to take off, while in the air, and before landing, surgical teams have found that they too can benefit from using a checklist. Once in the operating room, they...Read More
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    How should I choose a patient advocate?

    It is important that the person you choose to be your advocate is ready for the job. Ideally, this is someone with a healthcare background or who has experience either as a hospitalized patient or with a loved one’s hospitalization. Just because someone is concerned for you does not mean that he/she...Read More
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    What are nosocomial infections?

    Nosocomial infections are infections contracted in the hospital. The term often used to describe them is hospital-acquired infections, or HAI. Nosocomial infections are defined as infections that are not present in the patient before they arrive at the hospital. If you arrive at the hospital with...Read More