You may not realize there are differences in the quality of care provided by different hospitals. Hospitals are busy and complex places. Every day, hundreds of patients are receiving hundreds of different procedures. Medical mistakes are a leading cause of death each year, causing more deaths each year than car accidents, breast cancer and AIDS.
There is good news! Hospitals can take steps to prevent mistakes and protect patients from unnecessary injury. Even better, there is information available to help you determine the quality of your local hospitals.
The Leapfrog Group works with over 50 leading medical experts to identify solutions that will improve hospital quality and safety and then gathers information from hospitals around the country. The Leapfrog Hospital Survey asks hospitals to report on the steps they take to improve patient care. Results of the survey are available for public viewing on Leapfrog's website.