Safety Report Card Grim For Nearly Half Of California Hospitals
After steady improvement in recent years, California hospitals slipped in last week’s Leapfrog report card, with 46 percent of hospitals earning a C or lower.
California Hospitals Lose Ground In Quality Of Care, Report Card Shows
Nearly half of California hospitals received a grade of C or lower for patient safety on a national report card aimed at prodding medical centers to do more to prevent injuries and deaths. The Leapfrog Group, an employer-backed nonprofit group focused on health care quality, issued its latest scores last week. The report card is part of an effort to make consumers and employers aware of how their hospitals perform on key quality measures, so they can make better-informed health care decisions. The scores are updated twice a year, in spring and fall. (Terhune, 4/18)
In other hospital news —
Local Hospitals Work To Fight Human Trafficking
Three hospitals in Bakersfield are trying to fight human trafficking by watching for possible victims among their patients. The Dignity Health hospital chain is training all their staff on warning signs, officials say. At Memorial Hospital, seven victims have already been identified. "We, as health care providers, are the first line of defense that they come in contact with, and so we are the first line of protection," Jenny Wilson told Eyewitness News. She's the director of nursing operations at Memorial, and she says it's important that health care workers have the education to spot the warning signs and red flags. (Ferguson, 4/18)