Rating the Quality of Medical Care with Patient Safety Indicators

By Cullan & Cullan on February 18, 2013 - Comments off

More and more consumers today are researching the quality of hospital care. Over the past 14 years, HealthGrades has been leading the way, providing research needed in order for consumers to make informed choices.

The organization has poured through approximately 150 million hospitalization records, across 26 separate medical procedures/diagnoses to find the hospitals across the U.S. with the lowest rates of medical complications and fewest deaths resulting from medical procedures. The best are listed as HealthGrades’ 100 best or 50 best hospitals.

Consumers tend to notice the more superficial characteristics found in the hospital environment like person-to-person interaction. Unless they are medical professionals themselves, they may judge a hospital based only on nonclinical measuring sticks. If they were treated with kindness and respect, that may be what they tell their friends and family members. The more technical aspects of healthcare that matter most, though, may be difficult to determine on one’s own. Examples include details about quality of surgical care, medical procedure complication rates, etc.

HealthGrades has identified 13 patient safety indicators, used to rate hospitals’ quality of medical care. They include the following:

  • Post-surgery fatalities due to serious complications
  • Fatalities after procedures that normally do not result in death
  • Pressure sores
  • Procedures that cause a collapsed lung
  • Hip fractures
  • Infections related to catheter use
  • Post-surgery excessive bleeding
  • Fluid/electrolyte imbalance after surgery
  • Number of incidents of foreign objects left in patients after surgery
  • Abdominal incision site breakdown
  • Post-surgery infection
  • Post-surgery clots in legs or in the lungs
  • Respiratory failure

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