(The Center Square) – Several hospitals in Iowa received an “A” safety rating from Leapfrog. Analysis autumn 2022.

The safety ratings were compiled by the Leapfrog Group, an independent non-profit organization dedicated to driving quality, safety and transparency in the US healthcare system. A panel of patient safety experts selected 22 patient safety metrics and weighed them based on evidence, areas for improvement and impact.

Half of the score relates to the environment in which patients are cared for and how often a hospital gives patients the recommended treatment for a medical condition or procedure. Examples of these interventions include advances in the use of computerized physician order entry to reduce medication ordering errors, the use of critical care physicians in intensive care units, and hand hygiene practices. The other half of the score relates to what happens to the patients while they are being treated. Hospital-acquired diseases and nosocomial infections are examples of these outcome measures.

If hospitals do not have enough safety data, they will not receive a grade. Federal hospitals, emergency hospitals, specialty hospitals, long-term care and rehabilitation facilities, freestanding children’s hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers do not receive grades.

According to the report, 3.1% of Iowa hospitals received an “A” in the fall ranking, as in the spring 2022 ranking. Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake is the only hospital in Iowa with a Leapfrog “A” safety rating for Fall 2022.

Genesis Medical Center-Davenport, Genesis Medical Center-Davenport, Spencer Hospital, and St. Anthony Regional Hospital each received a “B” in the autumn ranking. More than 20 other hospitals in Iowa received a “C” or a “D.” Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center – Fort Madison was not graded.

Nationwide, 30% of the hospitals received an “A”, 28% a “B”, 36% a “C”, 6% a “D” and 1% an “F”. said the nonprofit. Leapfrog’s analysis found that over the past decade, some medical events that should never happen, such as falls and trauma, as well as incidents of objects being unintentionally left in the body after surgery, have decreased by about 25%. Before the pandemic, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, was down 22%; Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) decreased 43%; and Clostridioides difficile infection, or C. diff, decreased by 8%, the press release said. These five improvements are estimated to have saved more than 16,000 lives in the 10 years since the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade was introduced, the press release said.