St. Anthony receives A rating in hospital safety |

St. Anthony receives A rating in hospital safety

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the average number of times a surgical wound splits open as well as add additional information about the ratings.

St. Anthony Summit Medical Center is among eight Centura-owned hospitals to receive an “A” rating in hospital safety from the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Guide.

Through the guide, The Leapfrog Group assesses hospitals on patient safety. According to its website, the group is a nonprofit that acts as a watchdog on hospitals and health care systems to ensure they are following the safest practices. The guide measures using an A-F scale on how well the hospitals prevent medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients.

St. Anthony was evaluated in 23 areas and received above-average scores in 18, including preventing infections, avoiding unnecessary cuts and tears during surgery, safely administering medication, preventing falls and working together as a team, according to the hospital’s results. It received perfect scores in the infections, errors and safety categories with mixed results in the surgery and staff categories.

The hospital scored average in two areas — including collapsed lung and communication with doctors — and below average in three areas. For every 1,000 surgeries, 1.25 St. Anthony patients had a surgical wound split open. The average number of times this happens is 0.95, according to the results. For every 1,000 surgeries, 4.02 patients experienced a dangerous blood clot, while the average is 3.83. It was also rated below average for specially trained doctors to care for ICU patients.

Nearby Vail Health received a C rating across 16 areas for which it provided data, scoring above average in 10 areas, average in one and below average in five.

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