Palmdale Regional Medical Center has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety once again by being awarded a ‘B’ in the Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.
This ‘B’ grade is one of the most meaningful honors a hospital can achieve, and one of the most valuable indicators for patients looking for a safe place to receive care. The Hospital Safety Grade is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the grade is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. The Hospital Safety Grade is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Now, for the first time, patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Grade site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.
To see Palmdale Regional’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.