North Carolina hospitals in Greensboro, High Point and Winston Salem have got some improvements to make when it comes to patient safety. Both Moses Cone Hospital and High Point Medical Center have been demoted from “A” to “B” in recently released evaluations performed by the Leapfrog Group. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center scored a “C’ for the fourth time in a row.
These scores are based primarily on data collected from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and from the Leapfrog Groups annual hospital surveys. The algorithm resulting in the score factors in 28 different measures including patient safety data and communication among hospital doctors and nurses. You can learn more about the Leapfrog Group and look up your local hospital at https://www.hospitalsafetygrade.org/.
Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro underperformed the average performing hospital in eight of the 28 categories, including death from treatable serious complications and safe medication administration. You can access Moses Cone Hospital’s score sheet here.
High Point Medical Center’s largest failings were infections of the blood and urinary tract; accidental cuts and tears, and also safe medication administration. The score card is available here.
At Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, bad scores were reported for dangerous blood clots and bed sores; infections in the blood; and MRSA infections. The hospital bottomed out with the lowest reported score in the area of specially trained doctors providing care for ICU patients. Read the score sheet here.
The attorneys at Egerton Law talk every week with patients reporting bad outcomes after treatment at area hospitals. There are times when bad results can occur that could not have been prevented. However, if medical staff was negligent in someone’s care, and that negligence caused a severe injury to the patient, Egerton Law attorneys help those patients seek justice.
Many hospitals in North Carolina achieved Grade A results in the Leapfrog survey, including Greensboro hospital Wesley Long and Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville.
Scoring well on the survey does not indicate that a hospital is free from error, but it can provide some insight into the level of care you may receive. Egerton Law encourages you to research your doctors and hospitals before receiving medical treatment when possible.
If you or a loved one has suffered catastrophic injuries after a recent hospitalization in North Carolina, call the attorneys at Egerton Law. We can help you determine whether the hospital could be liable for your devastating injuries.
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