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Latest Hospital Safety Ratings Report Reveal Shocking Results

The recent release of individual safety ratings for several hospitals across the United States raise further evidence of both the possible risks that can occur while receiving healthcare, as well as the achievements of several institutions. Included in such reports were over 1,150 hospitals in 44 different states. While the majority of such institutions scored below 50% on measures of safety, the most common area of failure related to communication. Nearly half of the involved facilities reported the lowest possible score for communication related to medication safety and plans for patient transition post-hospitalization. This finding really resonated with me, as one of the biggest things I try to stress while promoting patient safety is communication.

It is important to remember that many healthcare professionals are often very busy, given the overall climate of the field. This shouldn’t, however, be an excuse for patients to overlook the importance of talking to their doctors about any questions they may have regarding their health, medication, diagnosis, or anything related to gaining a better understanding of their current state. Even when your healthcare providers may appear to be in a rush, don’t hesitate to ask questions; doing so will not only make their job easier in the long run, but also promote your health and safety. Improving patient safety is an undertaking that can only be successful when all involved parties make an effort towards the common goal.

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