Swedish/Edmonds receives ‘A’ in national hospital safety ranking

Swedish/Edmonds was honored Wednesday with an ‘A’ grade in the Fall 2013 update to the national Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog, Swedish/Edmonds said in a press announcement. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families, the announcement added.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition on behalf of all our caregivers at Swedish/Edmonds and the community we serve,” said David Jaffe, chief executive at Swedish/Edmonds. “Patient safety and quality are top priorities at the hospital, and we are very pleased to see that our hard work is making a measurable difference.”

The Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single grade representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores in Leapfrog’s Fall report.  A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on theHospital Safety Score website.

The Leapfrog achievement is especially meaningful to all caregivers at Swedish/Edmonds because new programs began about one year ago to build on the safety and quality accomplishments already completed, the Swedish announcement said. For example, Epic electronic health records launched September 2012 raising the hospital’s rating since computer physician order entries are now possible.

Other initiatives contributed to the A grade such as communication improvements, new safety training, speaking up if someone has a question, needs clarification or has a concern and installing new smart beds system-wide to reduce the likelihood of falls with injuries.

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