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06/06/2012

Some Tarrant hospitals lag in patient safety ratings

Hospital infection measuresNew report cards on patient safety show that some Tarrant County hospitals have work to do. Leapfrog Group rated hospital on 26 measures, including falls, hospital-acquired infections, bed sores, hand-washing protocols, wounds splitting open after surgery and that irksome problem of foreign objects being left in surgical patients. 

Hospitals got graded A-F. Good news - none here got D's or F's. Details of the ratings are online. 

Here's the A-list:

Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth

Texas Health Harris Methodist H-E-B

Texas Health Harris Methodist Southlake

Huguley Memorial Medical Center Fort Worth

USMD Hospital at Arlington

Lagging with a grade of C are these hospitals:

Baylor All Saints Medical Center, Fort Worth

Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine

JPS Health Network

Plaza Medical Center, Fort Worth

Texas Health Harris Methodist Southwest

North Hills Hospital

Medical Center of Arlington

Other hospitals here got B's.

Nationwide,  729 hospitals got an A, 679 a B, 1,111 earned a C, and 132 have a "Grade Pending." That apparently means they got a D or F. The American Hospital Association has condemned the rating system as flawed and misleading. Leapfrog, a nonprofit group, said top hospital safety experts guided the study. It also notes that more than 400 patients die every day because of hospital errors. - Lois Norder

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