Florida hospitals receive safety ratings from Consumer Reports

The 2014 Safety and Mortality Ratings by Consumer Reports has been released for 35 hospitals in the Tampa Bay region.

A parent who had lost his teenaged son created the Patients Safety America website and subsequently devoted his time to improving safety in United States hospitals. According to the parent, medical errors trail only heart disease and cancer as the third highest cause of death while in hospital.

Over 2,500 hospitals across the country were studied for their overall safety practices. While virtually no procedures are without risk, medical errors have a link to about 440,000 deaths in the United States every year. According to studies done by Consumer Reports, the outcome can rely heavily on your choice of hospital.

Mortality Ratings were studied by noting the likelihood of patients to die within a month of admission to facilities after undergoing heart failure, myocardial infarction or pneumonia, and monitoring the frequency of surgical patients passing away from serious but treatable surgical complications.

The three leaders in hospital safety were Bradenton’s Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Clearwater’s Morton Plant Hospital and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

None in the area received a rating of “best” in the Avoiding Mortality-Medical category.

The bottom three facilities were St. Petersburg General Hospital, Bayfront Health Dade City and Bayfront Health Brooksville.

Hospitals scoring highest in the category for Avoiding Mortality-Surgical are St. Petersburg’s Edward White Hospital, Medical Center of Trinity and in Inverness, Citrus Memorial Health System. Fewer deaths occurred in patients who had serious but treatable post-surgery complications like blood clots or heart attacks.

Some of the more prominent hospitals in the Bay Area surprisingly received the worst ratings for post-surgery deaths and included Tampa General Hospital, Hudson’s Regional Medical Center-Bayonet Point, St. Petersburg General Hospital, Florida Hospital Tampa and Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

If your loved one’s stay in a Florida hospital resulted in his or her death due to medical malpractice, you may receive some measure of comfort in assuring that negligent practitioners are held accountable. To learn of your rights, arrange a consult with a Florida attorney who files wrongful death claims on behalf of plaintiffs.

SourceABC Action News, “Consumer Reports releases its 2014 Safety and Mortality Ratings for 35 Tampa Bay area hospitals” Sean O’Reilly, Mar. 27, 2014