More than 50,000 lives could be save if all hospitals have an avoidable death rate equivalent to “A” grade hospitals, according to an update report prepare for The Leapfrog Institute. A teaching hospital combines assistance to people with teaching to medical students and nurses. The medical facility smaller than a hospital is generally a clinic.

Staff by professional physicians

Hospitals are usually fund by the public sector, health organisations (for profit or nonprofit); so health insurance companies, or charities, including direct charitable donations. Historically, hospitals were often find and fund by religious orders; or by charitable individuals and leaders.

Currently, hospitals are largely staff by professional physicians, surgeons, nurses, and allied health practitioners, whereas in the past; so this work was usually perform by the members of founding religious orders or by volunteers. However, there are various Catholic religious orders; such as the Alexians and the Bon Secours Sisters that still focus on hospital ministry; hence in the late 1990s, as well as several other Christian denominations, including the Methodists and Lutherans, which run hospitals.

In accordance with the original meaning of the word; so hospitals were originally “places of hospitality”, and this meaning is still preserve in the names of some institutions such as the Royal Hospital Chelsea; so establish in 1681 as a retirement and nursing home for veteran soldiers.

Assign hospitals safety

Matt Austin, Ph.D., and Jordan Derk, M.P.H., from the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore; so assign hospitals a safety letter grade ranging from A to F, with A hospitals having the highest score. The mortality rate for each of 15 patient safety outcomes; hence in hospitals in each letter grade was estimate.

The authors found that the number of avoidable deaths per 1,000 admissions; so vary from 3.24 lives in A hospitals to 6.21 lives in D and F hospitals. The differences in the estimate relative risk for an avoidable death; which were 34.9% higher in B hospitals, 87.7% higher in C hospitals; also 91.8% higher in D and F hospitals relative to A hospitals. If B, C, D, and F hospitals had the same safety performance as A hospitals; so an estimate 50,215 lives could be save every year.

Efforts to reduce patient safety events have been plentiful; also yet elimination of all preventable harms remains elusive; so the authors write. While hospitals with a Hospital Safety Grade of ‘A’ have better performance than hospitals; hence with lower grades, they still have significant opportunities for improvement.