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Duke Regional Earns “A” in Patient Safety

Oct. 25, 2013

Durham, NC- Duke Regional Hospital has been awarded an “A” grade in the fall 2013 Hospital Safety Score administered through the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit group focused on patient safety. The hospital safety score rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, infections, and injuries and is designed to provide information the public can use to choose where to receive medical care.

“The safety and well-being of our patients is our number one priority,” says Barbara Griffith, MD, chief medical officer at Duke Regional. “Receiving an ‘A’ hospital safety score means our patients and their loved ones should feel confident in the level of care provided at Duke Regional.”

The “A” score was awarded based on 28 publicly available hospital safety measures, including accidents, infections, injuries, and preventable medical errors provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the American Hospital Association’s annual survey. Calculated under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety, scores range from A-F to represent a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.

“We are continuously working to improve the way we deliver care,” Griffith explains. “Things like checking on patients every hour to ensure their comfort and providing inpatients a printed plan of care each morning that details what they will be experiencing that day help keep patients safe and informed about their treatment.”

A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website, hospitalsafetyscore.org.