Will Your Hospital Make You Sick – or Even Worse?

I have a friend who lost his wife about 7 years ago. She was admitted to the hospital for a routine operation for a 50 year old. She never came out of the hospital alive. My friend was with her everyday for almost a month, and it was obvious to him and to all their friends that a grave mistake by the hospital ended her life.

Of course proving something like this is difficult and expensive. I have heard that almost every hospital does their best to “hush” things that are mistakes or errors or just plain negligence.

Two weeks ago while grocery shopping, a magazine jumped out at me. It was a Consumer Reports cover about rating hospitals – State by State. I spent 10 minutes leafing through the magazine, and looking at the stats for my state.

Hospitals and physicians have great intentions, and for the most part – are honest and hard working. But this is not a car manufacturing operation, which requires a certain amount of cleanliness. We are talking here about helping human beings, your brother, mother, son or grandmother get the best healthcare that is possible. Any slack in the cleanliness procedures, or errors in giving the right medication at the right dose – can have very alarming results.

For this kind of information to be surfacing at this time is an indication that things have gotten out of hand. And the only way to make sure things change is to have outside pressure put on these hospitals and HMOs.

I would love to hear your response to your hospital’s safety.  Stephen

Hospital Ratings By State -Consumer Reports Health
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Dr. John Santa
John Santa M.D., director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center
Our hospital Ratings allow you to compare hospitals in your area so you can choose one that’s best for you.

Our hospital Ratings help you compare hospitals based on our patient safety score, as well as individual measures relating to patient experience, patient outcomes, and certain hospital practices. Here are some answers to questions you might have about our Ratings. (For more details, see our Hospital Ratings Technical Report.)

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Our Ratings come from scientifically based data on patient experience and outcomes gathered from public sources. Some of that information is available elsewhere.  For example, you can see the federal government’s version of patient experience and readmissions data on its Hospital Compare website. Similarly, a number of states report data on hospital-acquired infections. But ConsumerReports.org collects all the information and summarizes it in an easy-to-interpret format, using our familiar ratings symbols.

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U.S. News Best HospitalsU.S. News surveyed nearly 10,000 specialists and sifted through data for approximately 5,000 hospitals to rank the best in 16 adult specialties, from cancer to urology. Death rates, patient safety, and hospital reputation were a few of the factors considered. Only 148 hospitals were nationally ranked in one or more specialties. The Honor Roll features the 17 that scored near the top in at least six specialties.

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