Twelve CT hospitals rate just a “C” on patient safety

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Over 400 people die every day in a US hospital due to a preventable error, according to the Hospital Safety Score website. The site gives twelve CT hospitals a “C” or average rating on patient safety including Waterbury, Stamford, Bridgeport, Charlotte Hungerford, New Milford, St. Mary’s, Milford, Yale-New Haven, Backus, Manchester Memorial, and John Dempsey Hospitals. Just one more, thirteen, earned a “B” rating – Day Kimball, Sharon, Lawrence & Memorial, Johnson Memorial, MidState, Middlesex, Windham, Hartford, Bristol, Griffin, Danbury, Norwalk, and the Hospital of Central CT. Only four received “A”s – St. Raphael’s, St. Francis, Greenwich, and St. Vincent’s Hospitals. The scores are based on 26 nationally recognized measures of hospital safety including pressure ulcers, falls and trauma, hand hygiene, and medication reconciliation. The website, sponsored by the Leapfrog Group, a national leader in improving the value and safety of American health care, serves as a tool for consumers choosing a hospital and guarding their health as an inpatient.