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Medical Error Risk Worsening at Low-ranked US Hospitals, New Findings Reveal

Medical error in hospitals can result in accidental and avoidable deaths. 

Medical error can occur when a medical professional is negligent or makes a medical mistake.

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Medical Error in US Hospitals Brings Down Hospital Safety Ratings

New research shows that the risk of medical error leading to deadly infections and patient deaths has increased in the lowest ranking hospitals.  According to USA Today, 168 hospitals have received a failing or near-failing classification from Leapfrog.  Leapfrog is a non-profit group that gives safety and quality grades to hospitals on a scale of ‘A’ to ‘F’.  Patients at hospitals graded with a ‘D’ or an ‘F’ are said to be at a 92 percent greater risk of suffering from a medical error. 

Some hospitals graded with a ‘D’ or ‘F’ are in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia.  These include United Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Howard University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, and Riverside Walter Reed Hospital.  Additionally, DC does not have a hospital graded with an ‘A.’

Some hospitals that scored poorly have claimed the ratings are skewed because they treat less affluent and sicker patients who are more likely to have complications. However, Leapfrog says some of their measurements are risk adjusted to reflect sickness levels in patients. Leapfrog’s CEO responded saying that avoidable deaths resulting from medical errors should not occur regardless of circumstance. She stated that hospitals need to put patients first to improve their safety record.

How We Can Help

Hospital rankings, such as those provided by Leapfrog, can help patients be more knowledge about their treatment. However if you or a loved one has already experienced a medical error, our attorneys can help you seek justice through medical malpractice litigation, which works to hold medical professionals accountable for medical errors, while preventing future mistakes from occurring.

For more information on medical error litigation, contact us at 703-291-6650.

Washington, DC has a population of over 700,000 residents.  Being very densely populated, Washington DC is home to a large number of hospitals and medical centers.  Washington DC has a quickly growing population with more than 90,000 new residents since 2010.   There are 16 hospitals and medical centers that serve the Washington, DC population.