The Leapfrog Group provides rankings of hospitals based in large part on provided by the hospitals themselves. Although The Leapfrog Group cautions against refusing to go to a facility in an emergency becuase of a low ranking, it does provide valuable information in making other decisions about locations for health care.
UVA Medial Center claims it has made improvements in certain areas since the hospital was ranked poorly: catheter-associated bloodstream infections, air embolisms, falls and trauma, deaths from serious complications after surgery, wounds split open after surgery, and other categories. Frankly, I would that those categories are pretty serious. After all, people are in hospitals because they need significant treatment - and hospitals ought to perform well in those categories. Interestingly, one area in which UVA Medical Center is doing worse is stage 3 and 4 pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers are commonly caused by poor nursing and are considered to be NON EVENTS by Medicare. That is, Medicare will not cover the cost of treating pressure ulcers.
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