U-M Scores Straight A’s for Patient Safety

U-M hospitals and health centers have earned top marks since 2012

By Haley Otman
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The University of Michigan hospitals and health centers have been honored for a commitment to patient safety with another A on the fall 2016 Hospital Safety Score.

The national report card, issued by the Leapfrog Group, places U-M among the best nationwide in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. Only the top 32 percent of evaluated hospitals, or 844 out of 2,633, received an A.

U-M is only one of 72 hospitals nationwide that has received straight A’s on the ranking since 2012.

The report card is intended to give patients a quick way to understand how well health care institutions are doing on a broad range of safety measures. Those 30 measures look at everything from hand hygiene to communication about medicines and discharge information.

Data comes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and secondary data services such as the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey.

The UMHS Quality & Safety website offers a wide range of other data on the quality and safety of the care provided at U-M hospitals and health centers.

Visit www.uofmhealth.org/quality-safety to learn more.