Report ranks Kentucky, Indiana above average for hospital infections
The rate of infection in Kentucky and Indiana, ranked higher than the national average.
Dr. John Santa
The highest safety score in Consumer Reports for Louisville area hospital ratings is far from a household name, it's the Kentuckiana Medical Center in Clarksville, Indiana.
University Hospital rated below average for medical and surgical mortality.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Hospitals can
be hazardous to your health. A new study released Thursday by the Center for
Disease Control revealed one in 25 patients have at least one
The rate of infection in Kentucky and
Indiana, ranked higher than the national average.
Patients get the wrong
drugs, fail to get needed tests or treatments or develop infections that could
have been prevented.
Consumer Reports rankings revealed some familiar names that are falling behind
specifically in caring for older patients. In fact, the highest safety
score in Consumer Reports for Louisville area hospital ratings is far from a
household name, it's the Kentuckiana Medical Center in Clarksville, Indiana.
Baptist Health LaGrange
had an equally high overall score. Baptist Health Louisville and Flaget Memorial
Hospital in Bardstown were just two points behind Baptist Health LaGrange.
Out of all of the those,
only Kentuckiana Medical Center received an above average rating for avoiding
medical mortality, which is based on how likely patients are to die within 30
days of being admitted for a heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia.
Analysts also considered
how often surgery patients with serious but treatable complications die in the
Dr. John Santa said, "Although
this data is from people 65 and older, it's a good indication of a hospital's
attention to safety. And we find the chance of dying is much higher in some
hospitals than others."
Two big names ranked at
the bottom of the list were KentuckyOne's Jewish Hospital and University of
University rated below
average for medical and surgical mortality.
"worse" by Consumer Reports, for surgical mortality.
John James, who has
dedicated himself to improving hospital safety for all ages, said, "We got humans here. They make
His teenage son died after
what James said was a series of hospital errors.
The Journal of Patient
Safety published James' analysis, which estimated 440,000 people a year die
after suffering medical errors in hospitals.
James said it's the third
biggest cause of death after heart disease and cancer.
"The real question is
are they making too many mistakes and are they learning from the ones they
make? And my answer is they're not learning as well as they could
be," he said.
In a statement,
supports and embraces transparency in health care, as patients now have access
to more information than ever before. We are in the process of reviewing this
report and evaluating Consumer Reports' methodology, along with the many other
rating services, to ensure consistency and accuracy. As we move further into a
standardized culture of quality and safety at KentuckyOne Health, we are working
to ensure a consistent experience for all of our patients. This type of
information will serve as another tool in the continuous improvement of our
care delivery across the state."
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