The latest hospital safety grades released Monday morning show a drop in scoring for East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro after a period of increases.
The grade was announced this week as part of a biannual report card issued, in which EGRMC has previously scored grades of B, C, and D – but had been trending upward in recent reports. The healthcare report card is produced twice a year by The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national not-for-profit organization founded more than a decade ago by the nation’s leading employers and private health care experts. The Leapfrog Group advocates for public access to quality and safety data from all U.S. hospitals.
EGMRC scored a ‘best score’ on:
- MSRA infection prevention
- Prevention of dangerous objects being left in patient’s body
- Prevention of collapsed lungs during surgery
- Prevention of death from preventable conditions during surgery
- Safe administration of medication
- Prevention of dangerous bed sores, prevention of patient injuries and falls, and prevention of air/gas bubbles in the blood
The hospital scored poorly on:
- Prevention of breathing trouble during surgery
- Prevention of dangerous blood clots during surgery
- Prevention of accidental cuts and tears during surgery
- Technological advances such as doctors ordering medications through a computer
- Preventing errors with communication about medications and communication about discharge
- Employing enough qualified nurses
- Employing specially-trained doctors caring for ICU patients
- Communication with nurses and with doctors
- Responsiveness of hospital staff
No data was available for:
- Prevention of infections – specifically UTIs, infections of the blood, and infections of the surgical site
- Handwashing of employees
“Not Available” means that the hospital does not have data for this measure. A “Not Available” result does not mean that the hospital withheld information from the public.
In November of 2019, the hospital’s score had elevated to a ‘B’ grade.