Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital each scored an A in the fall 2015 hospital safety survey compiled by the Leapfrog Group, a voluntary program that awards and recognizes hospital safety, quality, and customer value. The letter scores are issues to hospitals every six months. Duke’s three hospitals have all earned and maintained their high marks since fall 2012.
Safety Ratings Based on Performance Measures
The rankings are compiled from data Leapfrog gets from its own surveys as well as national performance measures from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement.
Leapfrog selected 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, analyzed the data, and created easy-to- view, color-coded charts that indicate how well a hospital performed in specific categories. They include:
- Safety problems with surgery
- Staff followed steps to make surgery safer
- Infection and safety problems
- The right staffing is on hand to prevent safety problems
- Hospital uses standard safety procedures
Compare Hospital Scores Locally and Nationally
More than 2,500 U.S. hospitals were assigned scores based on their ability to prevent errors, accidents, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. A full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades is available online here or see how other Triangle hospitals fared in this News & Observer article.