By Max Friedman
How safe is your local hospital? Newly released data shows that Connecticut has the highest percentage of hospitals exceeding the infection rate standards set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the Connecticut Health I-Team.
Based on federal standards, over half of the state’s hospitals had failing infection rates for at least one type of hospital-acquired infection. This compared to most states which had fewer than 20 percent of their hospitals with such poor safety records. Eleven of the state’s 30 hospitals are likely to face penalties, losing one percent of their Medicare reimbursements for fiscal year 2015.
Connecticut hospitals do not perform well in other rating systems, either.
Twice a year, the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit focused on safety and transparency in health care, releases Hospital Safety Scores for more than 2,500 general hospitals nationwide. Leapfrog assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their ability to prevent errors, injuries and infections. The scores are based on data provided by the hospitals through the end of 2013.
Overall, the state is ranked 33 in the nation for hospital safety and is beaten by every other New England state. Its two neighbors, Maine and Massachusetts, are ranked one and two. In fact, 67 percent of Maine’s hospitals received an A, while only 16 percent of Connecticut’s did.
The four A’s went to Griffin Hospital in Derby, St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, and Backus Hospital in Norwich. Rockville Hospital, Sharon Hospital, Johnson Memorial Hospital, and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center were not included.
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Sixty percent of the state’s hospitals receive C’s and D’s, and Connecticut is the only state in the region to have any hospitals with D’s — with three at Bristol Hospital, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, and Windham Hospital in Willimantic. The low performing hospitals received poor grades due to issues with infections, surgery preparations and practices, and lack of proper staffing to prevent safety problems — such as having doctors in the ICU who are trained in critical care medicine.
Check out the Safety Score for your local hospital at: http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org/