Leapfrog grades reveal disparities in quality care across state lines

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

July 29, 2015

Quality improvement requires strength in numbers. At least that’s what hospitals in Maryland and Pennsylvania are finding as recent reports show that collaboration among local hospitals can lead to impressive patient safety improvements.

In March, the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) released its annual report on quality, underscoring some of the statewide patient safety improvements throughout 2014. Last year, hospitals within the state improved hand hygiene rates from 71% in 2010 to 90% in 2014. Additionally, 90% of hospitals maintained zero catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). Ventilator associated complications reduced 55% from the previous year.
Meanwhile, in April, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PPSA) released its 2014 Annual Report showing that high-harm events that result in permanent harm to the patient near death or death, decreased 45% since 2005.

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