How do New Mexico hospitals rate for patient safety?

Hospital safety is a critical issue for both patients and hospitals. For patients, it impacts their well-being during (and possibly well after) hospital stays. For hospitals, it impacts their reputation, liability exposure and ability to serve their mission of helping patients. So, how hospitals in the state are doing when it comes to patient safety matters considerably.

Recently, New Mexico slipped a fair amount in the Leapfrog hospital safety ratings. In recent years, Leapfrog has released hospital safety ratings in both the spring and fall. In these ratings, hospitals throughout the U.S. are given safety grades on an A through F scale.

In the spring ratings in 2018, a third of the hospitals in New Mexico that were graded received the top grade of an A. This was the 18th highest percentage of A-ranked hospitals in the country for spring 2018.

However, in the fall 2018 ratings, an A grade was given to only two of the 14 New Mexico hospitals graded, dropping New Mexico’s A-grade percentage to 14.29 percent. This caused the state to fall into the bottom ten for A-grade percentage in fall 2018, with an overall rank of No. 42 in the nation.

One wonders what the biggest contributors were to this drop in safety ratings among New Mexico hospitals.

How did the New Mexico hospitals that didn’t get an A grade do in the fall 2018 ratings? Of the 12 remaining graded hospitals, four got a B, five got a C, two got a D and one got an F.

In your opinion, how are New Mexico hospitals doing when it comes to patient safety?

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