Summer 2013

High Marks for Patient Safety

Three Tufts hospitals rank among the best in the country

A recent survey has honored three Tufts-affiliated hospitals as among the best in the nation for patient safety. AARP The Magazine partnered with the Leapfrog Group, a company that specializes in hospital safety and resource use, to cite 66 hospitals in its May 2013 issue. According to Leapfrog, the rankings were derived from expert analysis of publicly available data, using 26 evidence-based measures of hospital safety.

Just five hospitals in Massachusetts were named to the list, including Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Lahey Clinic in Burlington and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. For each of the three hospitals, the citation highlighted a number of effective internal practices and policies that made them safe environments, from intense scrutiny of hand hygiene at Lahey to bar-coded medications at Baystate to detailed patient checklists that have been deployed at Tufts Medical Center.

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