Stamford Hospital Gets "A" for Hospital Safety Score

Published: October 30, 2015

Stamford Hospital received an “A” in the most recent Hospital Safety Score released today from The Leapfrog Group. With grades ranging from A to F, Stamford was among the 31% of hospitals in the U.S. and one of only four hospitals in the state to receive the top grade.

“Hospitals are dedicated to safety and quality on a day-to-day and minute-to-minute basis. These efforts can be seen in the professionalism and attention-to-detail of members of interdisciplinary care teams, an adherence to the best evidence and clinical guidelines to improve care, and in the technologies we employ to make care safer, among many other measures,” said Rohit Bhalla, MD, MPH, Vice President and Chief Quality Officer at Stamford Hospital. “I think that achieving the top grade demonstrates the organization’s commitment to ensuring quality improvement not just on paper but also in practice.”

The Leapfrog Group uses a subset of the many publicly reported measures and stresses measurement related to patient safety, including the adoption of safe practices, processes to prevent hospital complications and methods to prevent hospital-acquired infections.

Stamford Hospital continues to strive for excellence in the areas covered by the report. For example, physicians use computers with medication safety checking features; the hospital utilizes blood-thinning medications and devices to prevent blood clots in nearly all patients; and uses large-vein catheters with close attention to sterile technique, to attempt to minimize the patient’s risk of infection.

You can learn more by visiting Stamford Hospital’s Department of Quality and Safety.

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