Hospital Pediatric Patient Safety Rated By HealthGrades For First Time
Hospital -acquired infections are the leading cause of potentially preventable mortality among pediatric patients, according to a study of pediatric patient-safety incidents issued today by HealthGrades, the leading independent health care ratings organization.
The study utilized eight patient-safety indicators developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to analyze the prevalence of patient-safety events at hospitals as well as to identify hospitals that performed above average.
Examining all hospitals in the 19 states that make data publicly available, the first annual HealthGrades Pediatric Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study analyzed five million pediatric patient records over the years 2006, 2007 and 2008 and identified 25,367 patient-safety events and 1,465 potentially preventable inhospital deaths. Of the deaths, 70.44% were associated with hospital-acquired infections (postoperative sepsis and central venous catheter-related infections).
Pediatric patient-safety incidents in the following eight categories were studied:
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