Study: Large variance in quality at U.S. hospitals

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

October 14, 2009

The 12th Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study shows that a large gap exists between the top-performing, highest quality hospitals and the rest of the hospitals in the country. After examining 40 million Medicare hospitalization records dating from 2006 through 2008, HealthGrades found that patients treated at a top hospital were 52% less likely to die as a result of their care, as compared with the average American hospital. This gap has existed since the study was first done.

Some other points of interest that came out of the study include:

  • 57% of preventable deaths included in the study were from sepsis, pneumonia, heart failure, and respiratory failure
  • Patients treated at a five-star hospital (the highest rating) had a 71.64% lower chance of dying than those treated at a one-star hospital (the lowest rating)
  • Hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission for stroke certification were almost twice as likely to attain a five-star rating for stroke care

To read more from HealthGrades, click here.