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Asante hospitals again earn an “A” grade for safety

Asante was among just 30% of all U.S. hospitals earning the top grade from the Leapfrog Group.

Despite the lingering challenges of the pandemic, which have affected hospital safety performances across the globe, all three Asante hospitals have earned an “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization focused on health care safety.

The fall 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns a letter grade to nearly 3,000 U.S. general hospitals, including 34 Oregon hospitals, based on over 30 measures of patient safety. The safety grade focuses solely on a hospital’s ability to protect patients from preventable errors, accidents, injuries and infections.

“This recognition reflects our commitment to clinical quality even in the most challenging times, including unprecedented staffing shortages,” said Holly Nickerson, vice president of Quality and Patient Safety. “For this we can thank our dedicated care teams, who put our patients first.”

Thirty percent of U.S. hospitals evaluated received an “A” grade, 28% received a “B,” 36% a “C,” 6% a “D” and 1% an “F.” In Oregon, 13 hospitals received “A” grades.

“Measures that have shown significant improvement over the decade include some never-events, meaning medical events that should never happen,” according to a statement from the Leapfrog Group. “Two never-events that both decreased by around 25% include incidents of falls and trauma and incidents of objects unintentionally left in a body after surgery.” Asante’s perioperative team recently shared their process for preventing surgical errors, and fall prevention remains a top priority among Asante’s clinical staff.

Included in the over 30 measures of patient safety used to calculate the Hospital Safety Grades are five measures of patient experience that research has shown have a direct tie to patient safety outcomes. For example, enhanced communication with providers about medications can lead to lower rates of hospital-acquired conditions like sepsis and blood clots, fewer surgical complications and decreases in incidence of respiratory failure.

Measures include hospital-acquired infection rates, hand hygiene adherence, barcode medication administration, provider communication and nurse communication, among others.

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