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 the third-leading cause of death in this country, surpassing the number of deaths caused by car accidents, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS.
But there is good news! Hospitals can take steps to prevent mistakes and protect patients from unnecessary errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. 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 here.