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Asante hospitals earn an A grade for safety

A national watchdog group ranked nearly 3,000 hospitals in its first COVID-era report.

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

The spring 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. The latest grades provide a look at the impact of COVID-19 on patient safety, with several measures included in the grade showing a significant decline.

Recent studies have shown that the pandemic has reversed years of progress on patient safety efforts. The updated data included in the Safety Grade, some of which reflects a pandemic-era timeframe, heighten these findings and demonstrate how patient care worsened due to strains on the health care system and workforce.

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 and 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.

Leapfrog analyzed 34 Oregon hospitals and assigned 16 with A grades, including Asante hospitals. Nine Oregon hospitals earned a B grade, eight a C and one a D. See statewide rankings.

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