Calif. Facilities Receive Mixed Ratings on Hospital-Acquired Conditions
On Wednesday, Consumer Reports released ratings on how well hospitals across California and the U.S. prevent hospital-acquired conditions, the Los Angeles Times reports (Gorman, Los Angeles Times, 7/31).
Details of Ratings
About 3,000 hospitals were included in the ratings. The data cover hospital performance between October 2013 and September 2014 (Bird, FierceHealthcare, 7/29).
For the first time, Consumer Reports included CDC data on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile in its hospital ratings (Consumer Reports, 7/29). The ratings also used data on central-line associated blood stream infections, surgical-site infections and catheter-associated urinary tract infections to generate an overall infection prevention score (FierceHealthcare, 7/29).
Overall safety scores were out of 100 points (Consumer Reports California ratings, July 2015).
After adjusting for various factors, such as institution size, type and patient mix, the highest-performing hospitals tended to be non-teaching providers and smaller facilities. Generally, teaching hospitals and large facilities performed the worst on infection prevention (Welch, CBS News, 7/29).
Consumer Reports found that 322 hospitals reported zero cases of MRSA, while 357 hospitals reported no C. diff infections (FierceHealthcare, 7/29). In total, 105 hospitals received high ratings for preventing both MRSA and C. diff (Consumer Reports, 7/29).
In California, the hospitals with the highest safety ratings included:
- Oak Valley Hospital District in Oakdale, which scored a 70;
- St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco, which scored a 68;
- Sutter Roseville Medical Center, which scored a 67;
- Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame, which scored a 67; and
- Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe, which scored a 66.
Meanwhile, the lowest-rated California hospitals included:
- Adventist Medical Center in Hanford, which scored a 23;
- Menifee Valley Medical Center in Sun City, which scored a 27;
- Sierra View District Hospital in Porterville, which scored a 27;
- Adventist Medical Center in Reedley, which scored a 30; and
- Delano Regional Medical Center, which scored a 30 (Consumer Reports California ratings, July 2015).