LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL News) - Hospital safety is of paramount importance to us in Louisiana, as it directly impacts the well-being of patients, healthcare providers, and the overall quality of healthcare services. There are several key reasons why hospital safety should be a top priority.

But the website HospitalSafetyGrade.org has put out its report card on hospitals across Louisiana, and the good news is that there are plenty of "A" hospitals and no hospitals with a score of "F". However, there is a handful of health centers with a low score due to some pretty troubling factors.

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Hospitals are places where individuals seek care and treatment for various medical conditions. Ensuring safety within these facilities is essential to prevent medical errors, infections, and accidents that could harm patients. Patient safety not only safeguards their health but also builds trust in the healthcare system.

That's why these report cards get published. It's not about naming and shaming, nor is it about scaring folks. It's about letting people make the best health decisions for themselves and letting hospitals know they need to make some adjustments.

Here are the five hospitals that earned a "D" rating in Louisiana (and why).

CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier

According to the report, CHRISTUS in Shreveport-Bossier scores below average in the following areas:

  • MRSA Infections
  • Blood Infections
  • Death From Treatable Complications
  • Kidney Injury After Surgery
  • Harmful Events
  • Dangerous Bed Sores
  • Patient Falls and Injuries
  • Falls Causing Broken Hips
  • Dangerous Blood Clot
  • Safe Medical Administration
  • Effective Leadership to Prevent Errors
  • Specially Trained Doctors Care for ICU Patients
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Lake Charles Memorial Hospital

According to the report, Lake Charles Memorial Hospital scores below average in the following areas:

  • MRSA Infections
  • Blood Infections
  • Surgical Site Infection After Colon Surgery
  • Kidney Injury After Surgery
  • Serious Breathing Problem
  • Accidental Cuts and Tears
  • Falls Causing Broken Hips
  • Doctors Order Medications Through a Computer
  • Safe Medication Administration
  • Handwashing

One of the things to note in this report is the note on doctors ordering medications. The site says that using computer systems instead of writing prescriptions by hands is more efficient because the system can let a doctor know if there are any conflicts or issues with specific medicines chosen.

This report, however, indicates that Lake Charles Memorial doesn't emphasize that in its practice.

Minden Medical Center

According to the report, Minden Medical Center scores below average in the following areas:

  • C. Diff Infection
  • Blood Infections
  • Harmful Events
  • Dangerous Bed Sores
  • Doctors Order Medications Through a Computer
  • Safe Medication Administration
  • Handwashing
  • Staff Work Together to Prevent Errors
  • Effective Leadership to Prevent Errors
  • Nursing and Bedside Care for Patients
  • Specially Trained Doctors Care for ICU Patients

A lot of the issues at Minden Medical Center seem to focus on administrative issues and practice. This isn't just a problem for patients, but also for staff.

Hospital safety is crucial for the well-being of healthcare workers. They are exposed to physical and emotional stress, infectious agents, and workplace hazards daily. A safe environment with proper training, equipment, and support systems can reduce occupational risks and contribute to a motivated and efficient workforce.

Ochsner American Legion Hospital

According to the report, Ochsner American Legion Hospital scores below average in the following areas:

  • C. Diff Infection
  • Infection in the Urinary Tract
  • Serious Breathing Problem
  • Harmful Events
  • Dangerous Bed Sores
  • Collapsed Lung
  • Nursing and Bedside Care for Patients
  • Specially Trained Doctors Care for ICU Patients

Hospitals can be breeding grounds for infections due to the presence of sick individuals and medical procedures. Strict infection control measures, including hand hygiene, sterilization, and isolation protocols, are essential to prevent the spread of diseases within the hospital environment.

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Thibodaux Regional Health System

According to the report, Thibodaux Regional Health System scores below average in the following areas:

  • MRSA Infection
  • C. Diff Infection
  • Infection in the Urinary Tract
  • Dangerous Object Left in Patient's Body
  • Doctors Order Medications Through a Computer
  • Handwashing
  • Staff Work Together to Prevent Errors
  • Effective Leadership to Prevent Errors
  • Nursing and Bedside Care for Patients
  • Specially Trained Doctors Care for ICU Patients

The Best in the State?

Among the various "A" grades in the state was Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. It got high marks in avoiding safety problems and best practices to prevent errors, among others.

What Can Hospitals Do to Improve?

Hospitals can enhance their safety ratings through various measures, including:

Effective Communication: Promote clear communication among staff to prevent errors and ensure accurate patient care.

 

Patient Education: Provide comprehensive education to patients about their conditions, medications, and post-discharge care to reduce readmissions.

 

Infection Control: Implement rigorous infection prevention protocols to minimize healthcare-associated infections.

 

Staff Training: Regularly train healthcare professionals on safety protocols, emergency responses, and best practices.

 

Technological Integration: Utilize technology to streamline processes, reduce errors, and enhance patient monitoring systems.

 

Patient Experience: Prioritize patient satisfaction by addressing concerns promptly, improving amenities, and maintaining a patient-centric approach.

 

Performance Metrics: Continuously monitor and analyze safety metrics to identify areas for improvement and track progress over time.

 

Medication Safety: Implement robust medication management systems to reduce errors in prescription and administration.

 

Emergency Preparedness: Develop and practice emergency response plans to ensure effective coordination during critical situations.

 

Collaboration with Community: Engage with the community to foster transparency, gather feedback, and address local health concerns.

These strategies contribute to a culture of safety within hospitals, ultimately leading to improved safety ratings and enhanced overall healthcare quality.

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