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The Leapfrog’s Group fall hospital safety grade has been slowly improving for Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital.

The county hospital received a grade of C improving from the D it received in the fall of 2015 and the F in the fall of 2014.

Looking at surrounding areas, Danville Regional Medical Center received a C, Granville Medical Center in Oxford, North Carolina, received an A, and VCU Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill received a B.”

In all, 41 Virginia hospitals received A grades from Leapfrog, a national health care patient safety ranking organization. This latest announcement comes months after the spring 2017 Leapfrog hospital safety grade scores showed 35 Virginia hospitals had earned A grades.

In the current rankings, eight Virginia hospitals were recognized for receiving an A 12 consecutive times. The new Leapfrog results place Virginia among the top five states with the highest percentage of A grade hospitals.

And they are another positive reminder of the continuous work being done at Virginia’s community hospitals and health systems to enhance health care quality, safety, service and value on behalf of patients, according to the Leapfrog report.

Leapfrog broke down the safety measures into infections, problems with surgery, practices to prevent errors, safety problems and doctors, nurses and hospital staff.

In the infections ratings Halifax earned:

• A score of 0.606 for clostridium difficile, often referred to as C-diff, a bacterium that can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and fever with the best hospital’s score at 0, the average hospital’s score at 0.902 and the worst score at 2.232; and

• A score of 1.501 for patients having a urinary tract infection during an ICU stay with the best hospitals score at 0, the average hospital’s score at 0.53 and the worst being 2.130.

Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital received the following scores for problems with surgery:

• A score of 0 for dangerous objects left in a patient’s body tying with the best score, and the average score was 0.20 and the worst being 0.379;

• A score of 2.17 for a surgical wound being left open with the best score being 1.18, the average being 2.32 and the worst being 3.69;

• A score of 139.59 for deaths from a treatable serious complication with the best score being 70.79, the average score being 137 and the worst score being 184.68;

• A score of 0.31 for patients with a collapsed lung with the best hospital’s score being 0.19, the average score being 0.41 and the worst score being 0.71;

• A score of 11.18 for patients having a serious breathing problem with the best score being 2.13, the average score being 13.92 and the worst score being 29.52;

• A score of 6.19 for patients having a dangerous blood clot with the best score being 1.39, the average score being 5.12 and the worst score being 12.11; and

• A score of 1.59 for accidental cuts and tears with the best score being 0.32, the average score being 1.43 and the worst score being 2.97.

Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital received the following scores for practices to prevent errors:

• A score of 50 for doctors ordering medicines through a computer with the best score being 100, the average being 78.21 and the worst being 5;

• A score of 42 for hand washing with the best score being 60, the average score being 57.37 and the worst score being 6;

• A score of 78 for communication about medicines with the best score being 59, the average being 77.79 and the worst being 60;

• A score of 89 for communication about discharge with the best being 95, the average being 86.82 and the worst being 68; and

• A score of 0 for the staff working together to prevent errors.

Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital received the following scores for safety problems:

• A score of 0.17 for dangerous bed sores with the best score being 0.03, the average score being 0.44 and the worst score being 2.28;

• A score of 0.387 for patient falls with the best score being 0 and the average score 0.368 and the worst score being 1.797;

• Tied with the best score of 0 for air or gas bubble in the blood with the average score being 0.002 and the worst score being 0.122; and

• Tied with the best score of 100 for track and reduce risks to patients with the average score being 96.26 and the worst being 16.67.

Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital received the following scores for doctors, nurses and hospital staff:

• A score of 101.54 for effective leadership to prevent errors with the best score being 120, the average score being 116.54 and the worst score being 55.38;

• Tied for the best score of 100 for having qualified nurses with the average score being 97.19 and the worst score being 29.41;

• A score of 5 for having specifically trained doctors care for ICU patients with the best score being 100, the average score being 45.62 and the worst score being 5;

• A score of 95 for communication with doctors with the best score being 97, the average being 91.27 and the worst being 81;

• A score of 92 for communication with nurses with the best score being 96, the average score being 90.94 and the worst being 75; and

• A score of 86 for responsiveness of hospital staff with the best being 94, the average score being 84.03 and the worst being 60.

The Leapfrog report on Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital also says the hospital was asked to provide this report to the public but declined.

The Leapfrog program has been assigning letter grades to general acute care hospitals in the U.S. since 2012.

Across the country, hospitals have made remarkable strides in improving patient safety. Overall, 41 of 68 Virginia hospitals evaluated by Leapfrog earned A grades in the 2017 fall rankings, placing the commonwealth fifth among states in the nation.





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