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 www.HospitalSafetyScore.org 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 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.


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    Why should I have a healthcare advocate?

    Hospital stays are complicated. When you are a patient, you are not on top of your game; you are not well, and are often medicated and in pain. It is a good thing to have a designated person to stay on top of what is going on with your care. This can also reduce the stress felt by your family during...Read More
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    How can I find a patient advocate?

    It is a good idea to find a patient advocate for your hospitalization. You may not have a family member or loved one that can serve as an advocate for you. Just because someone is concerned for you does not necessarily mean that he/she can play this assertive role in your care. If you do not know...Read More
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    What kinds of infections could I get in the hospital?

    Hospitals are breeding grounds for infection. You can get an infection from devices, equipment, friends, and caregivers. Despite efforts to avoid them, some of the most common are:
    • Surgical Site Infection (SSI): Surgical sites are particularly susceptible to infection. Your skin serves as a primary
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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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    How can I decrease the chance of medication errors?

    The more you know about your medicines, the better equipped you’ll be to decrease the chances for medication errors. The US Food and Drug Administration and the US-based Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) are two good organizations with websites to help you be “in the know” about the...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 event...Read More
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    What should I do if my healthcare team isn't working well together?

    Bad behavior and poor relationships are never fun to witness, but in health care, they are a safety issue. To some extent, these behaviors are understandable, as healthcare is a stressful and “high stakes” profession—but anger, fatigue, and frustration cannot be allowed to affect the safety of your...Read More
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    How can I help prevent errors in my child’s imaging tests?

    Kids may be more sensitive to imaging tests -- even when they are done perfectly. To keep imaging as error free as possible for your kids you should:
    • Keep a record of the tests taken so your child does not receive unnecessary scans. The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging “Image Gent
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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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    How can I better communicate with my doctor so that my healthcare is safe?

    Communication is difficult. When you are meeting with your physician, it is important to listen carefully to help make your care experience as safe as possible.
    • Be sure to ask questions when you are unsure of what you are being told.
    • Be as prepared as you can be for the encounter. Before your
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    How can I be an active part of my healthcare team?

    Being on the healthcare team is an important role for patients and their loved ones. The patient themselves is the only person who has been through the entire experience of a care episode or hospitalization. During this time they:
    • Will see activities and understand conversations in a way that
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    How can I lower the risk of infection from a catheter?

    Family and friends that visit you in the hospital can help minimize opportunities for infection from a catheter. You can also actively protect yourself. Both of you can:
    • Be sure that anyone who touches a catheter washes his or her hands before and after doing so.
    • Be sure your care team members do
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    What do I do if my medication makes me sick when I am in the hospital?

    You most often aren’t feeling well when you are in the hospital, but your medications could make you feel even worse. Be sure to know what to expect when you are given a medication in a hospital. Your family members should also be aware. If you experience something out of the ordinary, you need to...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 can use your unique e...Read More
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    How can I prevent errors in my child’s radiation treatment?

    Radiation treatment for cancer can be very effective. It may make you more comfortable with your child’s radiology therapy if you ask some basic questions in order to keep errors in care at bay. The American Society of Radiation Oncology and others suggest that you:
    • Find out about the training
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