Report: Patient safety varies widely among U.S. hospitals

April 9, 2014

A report in Consumer Reports found that patients in the country’s top-rated hospitals are 34% less likely to die following surgery than in some lower-ranked hospitals.
 
Researchers used government reports on five different categories to rank almost 2,500 U.S. hospital, including criteria such as death rates, readmissions, overuse of CT scans, and rates of infections in the facilities, the magazine reported.
 
Also according to the report, only 35 hospitals earned a top rating in terms of ensuring that a patient admitted for a heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia did not die within 30 days of admission; 66 hospitals received a low rating in this category.