Fifteen Georgia hospitals scored an “A’’ grade on patient safety in the latest Leapfrog Group report. Bulloch County’s hospital was not one of them.
The ratings, which were released on Tuesday, show that rougly one-fifth of the state’s hospitals evaluated received an ‘A’ grade, up slightly from 2017 but still below the national average of 30% of state hospitals receiving A grades.
Locally, East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro received a ‘D’ grade, once again declining in health ratings from previous years.
Where the hospital was dinged on scoring points:
- EGRMC received a 2.627 grade for MRSA infections, showing ‘below average’ performance and a grade that has further declined since the fall evaluation showing 2.797. For reference, 0.00 is a perfect score.
- Leapfrog says EGRMC should improve cleaning standards and isolate MRSA patients
- EGRMC scored just below average on preventing infections in the blood
- EGRMC scored below average in preventing UTI infections of admitted patients
- EGRMC scored below average on ‘Practices to Prevent Errors’ including:
- a failure by doctors to order medicines through computers
- communication about medications to patients
- communication about discharge to patients
- EGRMC scored below average on preventing bed sores
- EGRMC scored below average on communication with doctors and patients, communication with nurses and patients, and the responsiveness of hospital staff.
The hospital declined to report on the following points to LeapFrog during the evaluation:
- handwashing practices of employees
- practices of staff working together to prevent errors
- practices to track and reduce risks to patients
- effective leadership to prevent errors
- whether or not the hospital has enough qualified nurses
- whether or not there are specially-trained doctors for ICU patients
Where the hospital excelled:
- Preventing patient falls
- Prevention of c diff. infections and the prevention of site infection after surgery.
- In instances related to surgery, such as:
- No dangerous parts left in patients after surgery
- No surgical wounds left open
- Lack of deaths from preventable causes post-surgery
- Few blood clots in patients post-surgery
- Lacking serious breathing problems after surgery
In Spring 2015, EGRMC received an A and prior to the A grade, maintained a B grade.But the fall 2017 grade marked the facility’s fourth consecutive C grade.