Consumer Reports’ first-ever Ratings of more than 400 hospitals can help patients find the right one
Yonkers, NY – Consumer Reports’ first-ever Ratings of hospitals for heart surgery finds some top-rated hospitals in surprising places, and that performance can vary widely—even at neighboring hospitals in the same geographic area.
The Ratings, which look at heart bypass surgery and aortic valve replacement surgery, cover more than 400 hospitals nationwide.
“It’s extremely difficult for consumers to find out which hospitals and surgeons have the best result with their specific heart procedure. But it shouldn’t be so hard,” said John Santa, M.D., medical director of Consumer Reports Health. “Hospitals and doctors should make their information accessible and understandable, so families can make informed choices when they make life and death decisions.” «Read the rest of this article»
Consumer Reports releases most comprehensive info ever on C-section rates for individual U.S. hospitals, covering 1,500 hospitals in 22 states
Yonkers, NY – A Consumer Reports analysis of over 1,500 hospitals in 22 U.S. states suggests that some hospitals do a much better job than others at helping mothers avoid unnecessary C-sections.
Consumer Reports’ Ratings are the largest one-stop shop for consumers to compare hospitals on C-section rates. The Ratings show dramatic variation in the percentage of women who have their babies delivered through a surgical incision using a cesarean section or C-section—even between hospitals in the same community.
Tennessee Department of Health Partners with Tennessee Hospitals, Charlie’s Kids Foundation
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is partnering with the Charlie’s Kids Foundation and Tennessee hospitals to provide teaching materials to help new parents and hospital staff members learn the “ABCs of safe sleep.”
TDH will provide hospitals that join the project with copies of the Sleep Baby Safe and Snug board book for each baby born in their facility in 2014.
New score looks at Infections, Readmissions, CT Scans, Communication, Complications, and Mortality
Yonkers, NY – For the first time, Consumer Reports has rated U.S. hospitals for safety, combining six key measures into one composite Rating. Overall, Consumer Reports rates 1,159 hospitals in 44 states in four special regional editions of its August issue and online at www.ConsumerReports.org.
Clarksville’s Gateway Medical Center got a safety score of 31 out of 100. The lowest score of the 37 Tennessee Hospitals rated. Gateway got poor ratings for avoiding bloodstream infections, avoiding readmission’s and communication about drug information. Gateway had a morality rate that was worse than the national average.
American Heart Association says despite benefit, hospitals alerted about incoming stroke patients only 2/3 of the time
Researchers say improved stroke care systems can address geographical and other factors affecting EMS pre-notification.
Dallas, TX – Treatment is delivered faster when emergency medical services (EMS) personnel notify hospitals a possible stroke patient is en route, yet pre-notification doesn’t occur nearly one-third of the time.
That’s according to two separate Get With The Guidelines®– Stroke program studies published in American Heart Association journals.
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recommends EMS notify hospitals of incoming stroke patients to allow stroke teams to prepare for prompt evaluation and treatment. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health’s semi-annual report on healthcare associated infections released this week has good news for Tennessee hospitals and their patients.
Surgical site and bloodstream infection rates are below the national baseline, providing evidence of progress made by hospitals to keep patients healthy. «Read the rest of this article»
American Heart Association says Regional care systems to treat severe heart attacks improve survival rates
Dallas, TX – North Carolina’s coordinated, regional systems for rapid care improved survival rates of patients suffering from the most severe heart attack , according to research in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation.
Fewer ST -segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients died when paramedics diagnosed them en route to hospitals and hospitals followed well-defined guidelines to quickly treat or transfer patients to facilities that performed artery-opening procedures , if needed. «Read the rest of this article»
CMS Will Work to Make Hospitals Track Errors Better Internally But Information Will Be Kept From The Public
Washington, D.C. – A new study released by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that hospital employees are only reporting fourteen percent of all medical errors and usually don’t change their practices to prevent future harm to patients.
The study was based on an independent review of patient records. Federal regulations require hospitals to track all medical errors and adverse events that harm patients and to implement preventive measures to protect patients. Only five of the 293 reported cases of medical errors reviewed by federal investigators led to changes in policies or practices by hospitals to prevent harm to patients. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – According to a report released recently by the state Department of Health, Tennessee hospitals have reduced the rates of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The report, titled “Tennessee’s Report on Healthcare-Associated Infections: January 1st, 2008 – December 31st, 2010”, summarizes the central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) reporting activities for calendar years 2008-2010 and surgical site infection (SSI) reporting activities for the 2009 calendar year.
“Healthcare-acquired infections are a completely preventable public health threat. Only through the work and collaboration among many entities has Tennessee experienced such a significant improvement in a very short period,” said Health Commissioner John J. Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, of the Tennessee Department of Health. “Those who have contributed to the state’s success greatly deserve high praise and recognition for this tremendous accomplishment.” «Read the rest of this article»
Yonkers, NY – Think checking out of the hospital means you’re leaving for good? Think again. Our updated hospital Ratings found that hospitals too often have revolving doors: heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia patients at the average U.S. hospital had a 20 percent chance of being readmitted within 30 days of their initial discharge.
Overall, the results were so dismal that nearly 70 percent of the 2,432 hospitals in our analysis received our lowest or second lowest Rating for hospital readmissions. And not one got our top Rating for that measure. Equally worrisome, hospitals showed no improvement compared with last year’s Ratings, on average, even though there are a number of proven ways to lower readmission rates. Our Ratings also show that many hospitals fail to give adequate information to patients about the care they’ll need after they leave the hospital. «Read the rest of this article»
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