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 stay informed about patient safety issues?

    There is new information every day about what is going on to improve patient safety. There are many websites that focus on patient safety issues from a consumer perspective. Organizations such as The Joint Commission, The Institute for Safe Medication Practices consumer site (http://www.consumerm...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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    How can I protect myself from germs in the hospital?

    Germs are very common in the hospital. There are ways to protect yourself from them when you are a patient:
    • Ask visitors to wash their hands with soap and water before entering the room, after using the washroom, eating, or touching anything or anyone.
    • Make sure doctors and nurses wash up,
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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, l
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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 are bacterial infections such a great risk to hospital patients?

    When you are in the hospital, typically you are sick, and are surrounded by other sick people. You are also regularly exposed to many people who carry germs in and out of the hospital while visiting their hospitalized loved ones. Your ability to fight germs is weakened because your body’s immune system is busy...Read More
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    How can hospital-acquired infections be prevented?

    Hospitals, families and friends can all play a part in keeping you safe from infection while you are in the hospital.
    Hospitals can:
    • Place hand gels and cleansing foam in an obvious place so people can see them and use them.
    • Use bright colored posters and reminders to all about keeping their
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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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    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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    How should I talk to my doctor about medical error?

    No one likes to admit that he has made a mistake. Talking to your doctor about medical error -- either general experience or in regards to your care -- can be tricky. It is important to be sensitive to how the question may be received. Pay careful attention to the wording of the question in order...Read More
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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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    What is a patient advocate?

    A patient or healthcare advocate primarily watches out for you while you are in the hospital. The advocate can also advocate for you after hospitalization to ensure that your care process is finalized appropriately. There are several types of patient advocates, including: in-hospital, non-profit,...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
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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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    Why are the elderly susceptible to infection in the hospital?

    Older patients are more susceptible to infections because their immune systems are weaker. They also may have additional conditions that open the door for infection. Chronic age-related diseases can contribute to weakness as well. Lastly, the elderly patient is likely to be on more than one medication,...Read More