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NEWS | April 29, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center receives an 'A' rating on Hospital Safety Score

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog focused on improving the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans, has awarded UC Davis Medical Center an “A” for patient safety  –  its top grade.

Strictly following best practices, using insertion check lists, removing central lines when they are not needed and designating nurse champions to reinforce quality and safety initiatives are among the activities that have resulted in a 29 percent to 75 percent reduction in central line infections in intensive care units at UC Davis from 2012 and 2013. Strictly following best practices, using insertion check lists, removing central lines when they are not needed and designating nurse champions to reinforce quality and safety initiatives are among the activities that have resulted in a 29 percent to 75 percent reduction in central line infections in intensive care units at UC Davis from 2012 and 2013.

Compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety, the Hospital Safety Score ranks hospitals nationwide on the likelihood that its patients will be free from preventable harm during their inpatient stays. Updated in October and April each year, the grading system is based on an analysis of hospital patient-safety outcomes, such as rates of inpatient injuries, infections and medical errors, and efforts toward improvement.

“Our high performance is due to our unwavering institutional commitment to patient safety and to the collective efforts of our nurses, physicians, allied-health professionals and staff who focus each and every day on ensuring that our patients receive the highest quality care and have the best possible clinical outcomes,” said medical center Chief Executive Officer Ann Madden Rice.

More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in the spring 2014 ranking, with about 32 percent receiving an A grade. In addition to the rankings announced today, UC Davis Medical Center also received the top rating for the previous reporting period announced in October 2013. 

The Hospital Safety Score provides data and research to help families make informed decisions. It also recognizes hospitals for making patient safety and the public reporting of quality and outcomes measures a priority. It is one of the many rankings, ratings and scorecards in which the medical center participates to measure its patient-care quality and patient satisfaction

“No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the board, clinicians, administration and staff of UC Davis Medical Center for achieving an A and showing us that you made the well-being of you patients your top priority,” said Leah Binder, president and chief executive officer of The Leapfrog Group.

The Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce one of five letter grades, “A” through “F,” representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm, such as:

  • Central-line associated bloodstream infections
  • Falls and trauma
  • Very severe pressure ulcers
  • Preventable complications associated with surgery, such as foreign objects retained in the body, postoperative hazards, and accidental punctures or lacerations
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections
  • Surgical-site infections for major colon surgery

For more details on the methodology used in determining grades and to see UC Davis Medical Center’s scores, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

About UC Davis Medical Center
UC Davis Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health. The medical center serves a 33-county, 65,000-square-mile area that stretches north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada. It further extends its reach through its award-winning telemedicine program, which gives remote, medically underserved communities throughout California unprecedented access to specialty and subspecialty care.

About The Leapfrog Group

The Hospital Safety Score is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.