Lakeland Regional Health joins 41 Florida hospitals receiving an A rating in safety from the Leapfrog Group out of 168 institutions analyzed. The group analyzes 30 qualities and gave LRH 19 ratings of above average, 2 average and 9 below average.
Four of the nine below-average ratings involve communication with patients and medical staff. Other below-average ratings shown on the detail page for LRH were for:
- Blood infections during ICU stays
- Dangerous object left in patient’s body during surgery
- Serious breathing problems during surgery
- Patient falls
- Air or gas bubble in the blood
Areas in which LRH received highest ratings possible were:
- Doctors ordering medications via computer
- Staff accurately recording patient medications
- Staff working together to prevent problems
- Track and reduce risks to patients
- Taking steps to prevent ventilator problems
- Effective leadership to prevent problems
- Enough qualified nurses
- Specially trained doctors in the ICU
Screenshots showing LRH scores. Get more detail here.
Leapfrog Group describes itself as a nonprofit organization founded by “large employers and other purchasers … empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions.”
Its hospitalscore.org website describes each of the 30 rating areas and gives a numerical score for each, showing how the hospital compares with other institutions.
Leapfrog issues reports twice a year. It gave LRH two A ratings in 2015, two B ratings in 2014 and a D and a C in 2013.