ROCHESTER, N.H., April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Frisbie Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that it has received an A rating in the Leapfrog Group's Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score. The Leapfrog Group is an independent nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. healthcare system. The Hospital Safety Score program grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors and is becoming the gold standard measure in patient safety. Hospitals are rated on how they perform in 28 measures relating to Infections, Problems with Surgery, Practices to Prevent Errors, Safety Problems, and Doctors, Nurses and Hospital Staff. Each of the 28 measures is placed into one of two domains: Process/Structural Measures or Outcome Measures. Hospitals that earn an A rating have in place strict protocols to prevent patient injuries, such as surgical safety checklists and fall prevention initiatives, and perform above average overall in keeping patients safe compared to those receiving a grade B and lower.
Of the 2,571 hospitals evaluated nationwide, only 31% (781 hospitals) received an A grade.
"We are very pleased to have received an A rating for patient safety. Frisbie leadership and clinical staff are diligent in its efforts to raise awareness of patient safety risks. We have numerous initiatives in place to keep patients safe, including assessing and then documenting upon admission any potential risk for falls, self harm, and skin breakdown; we reduce the opportunity for harm. We follow strict hand hygiene protocols, which keep infection rates lows. We also utilize a surgical safety checklist, which adds a layer to patient safety by double checking / verifying that the patient going into the operating room is the right patient, we mark the surgical site, and we identify the surgical equipment to be used," said Jean Corvinus, Director of Quality and Patient Safety at Frisbie Memorial Hospital.
For more information about the Hospital Safety Score, visit hospitalsafetyscore.org.