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Overall Safety Score Measures

Medical errors may occur in different healthcare settings, and those that happen in hospitals can have serious consequences.

 

At Baystate Health hospitals, we are working hard to make sure that our hospitals are safe.  We have put many things in place, like computer systems, the use of an electronic medical record, and the use of checklists, to protect patients from harm.  

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Baystate Health also has a Safety Event Reporting System (SRS) to report all errors so that accidents and mistakes are tracked and solutions are found.

 

Consumer Reports' May 2013 issue ranks 258 U.S. teaching hospitals, including Baystate Medical Center, on five key safety measures: readmissions, complications, communication, the overuse of CT scans, and infections. They report that among those teaching hospitals that reported sufficient data to calculate a safety score, only about one-third were above average.  To see how Baystate hospitals ranked and to read the full report, click on the Consumer Reports website.

 

Please click on the appropriate tabs below to view the measures that we use to determine how well Baystate Health hospitals are doing with potential preventable safety issues.

SAFETY Measures

 

LOWER IS BETTER   

Baystate Medical Center Best U.S. Hospitals*
October - December 2012
Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections:  Central line-associated blood stream infections, called CLABSI, are caused by germs that enter the bloodstream through catheters or tubes inserted into large veins, such as those in the neck, chest, arm, or groin.  These are used to provide medications and fluids to very ill patients and may remain in place for several weeks.  These infections can lead to serious complications, even death, especially for critically ill patients. 0.08% 0.02%
Falls/Trauma: Accidental falls are the most common patient safety incident in the hospital causing serious injury or death, and are especially common in older patients.   0.01% 0.56%
Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers:  Pressure ulcers, sometimes called bedsores, can develop when a patient is unable to move or must remain in bed for an extended period of time, and they are more likely to happen in elderly or fragile patients.  They can develop into wounds that are hard to treat. 0.05% 0.01%
Post-Operative Sepsis:  Post-operative sepsis is a serious complication that may occur in patients who have had surgery.  It is a potentially deadly condition in which the body is fighting a severe infection that has spread through the bloodstream.  Sepsis can lead to "septic shock" where low blood pressure and poor circulation cause severe damage to important tissues and organs, and even death.

 

0.83%

 

1.31%

Peri-Operative Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT):  DVT is a serious complication that happens when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, most often in the legs.  Patients have a greater risk of developing blood clots after major surgery. 0.8% 0.34%
Post-Operative Hip Fracture:  Accidental falls are the most common patient safety incident in the hospital.  Patients are at increased risk of falling and breaking a hip after they have had any kind of operation. 0% 0%
Post-Operative Wound Dehiscence:  Dehiscence is when a surgical wound splits open unexpectedly.  Certain surgeries have a greater chance of this serious complication. 0% 0.21%
Accidental Puncture or Laceration:   An accidental cut causing a hole or tear in an organ of the body during a medical or surgical procedure. 0.08% 0.16%
Iatrogenic Pneumothorax:  A Pneumothorax is when air leaks out of a patient's lungs due to an accidental puncture during a medical or surgical procedure.  This can cause the lung to collapse. 0.02% 0.36%

*Benchmark is Quest Top Quartile Hospitals

SAFETY Measures

 

LOWER IS BETTER   

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Best U.S. Hospitals*
October - December 2012
Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections:  Central line-associated blood stream infections, called CLABSI, are caused by germs that enter the bloodstream through catheters or tubes inserted into large veins, such as those in the neck, chest, arm, or groin.  These are used to provide medications and fluids to very ill patients and may remain in place for several weeks.  These infections can lead to serious complications, even death, especially for critically ill patients. 0% 0.02%
Falls/Trauma: Accidental falls are the most common patient safety incident in the hospital causing serious injury or death, and are especially common in older patients.   0% 0.56%
Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers:  Pressure ulcers, sometimes called bedsores, can develop when a patient is unable to move or must remain in bed for an extended period of time, and they are more likely to happen in elderly or fragile patients.  They can develop into wounds that are hard to treat. 0% 0.01%
Post-Operative Sepsis:  Post-operative sepsis is a serious complication that may occur in patients who have had surgery.  It is a potentially deadly condition in which the body is fighting a severe infection that has spread through the bloodstream.  Sepsis can lead to "septic shock" where low blood pressure and poor circulation cause severe damage to important tissues and organs, and even death.

 

0%

 

1.31%

Peri-Operative Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT):  DVT is a serious complication that happens when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, most often in the legs.  Patients have a greater risk of developing blood clots after major surgery. 0% 0.34%
Post-Operative Hip Fracture:  Accidental falls are the most common patient safety incident in the hospital.  Patients are at increased risk of falling and breaking a hip after they have had any kind of operation. 0% 0%
Post-Operative Wound Dehiscence:  Dehiscence is when a surgical wound splits open unexpectedly.  Certain surgeries have a greater chance of this serious complication. 0% 0.21%
Accidental Puncture or Laceration:   An accidental cut causing a hole or tear in an organ of the body during a medical or surgical procedure. 0% 0.16%
Iatrogenic Pneumothorax:  A Pneumothorax is when air leaks out of a patient's lungs due to an accidental puncture during a medical or surgical procedure.  This can cause the lung to collapse. 0% 0.36%

*Benchmark is Quest Top Quartile Hospitals

SAFETY Measures

 

LOWER IS BETTER   

Baystate Mary Lane Hospital Best U.S. Hospitals*
October - December 2012
Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections:  Central line-associated blood stream infections, called CLABSI, are caused by germs that enter the bloodstream through catheters or tubes inserted into large veins, such as those in the neck, chest, arm, or groin.  These are used to provide medications and fluids to very ill patients and may remain in place for several weeks.  These infections can lead to serious complications, even death, especially for critically ill patients. 0% 0.02%
Falls/Trauma: Accidental falls are the most common patient safety incident in the hospital causing serious injury or death, and are especially common in older patients.   0% 0.56%
Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers:  Pressure ulcers, sometimes called bedsores, can develop when a patient is unable to move or must remain in bed for an extended period of time, and they are more likely to happen in elderly or fragile patients.  They can develop into wounds that are hard to treat. 0% 0.01%
Post-Operative Sepsis:  Post-operative sepsis is a serious complication that may occur in patients who have had surgery.  It is a potentially deadly condition in which the body is fighting a severe infection that has spread through the bloodstream.  Sepsis can lead to "septic shock" where low blood pressure and poor circulation cause severe damage to important tissues and organs, and even death.

 

0%

 

1.31%

Peri-Operative Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT):  DVT is a serious complication that happens when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, most often in the legs.  Patients have a greater risk of developing blood clots after major surgery. 0% 0.34%
Post-Operative Hip Fracture:  Accidental falls are the most common patient safety incident in the hospital.  Patients are at increased risk of falling and breaking a hip after they have had any kind of operation. 0% 0%
Post-Operative Wound Dehiscence:  Dehiscence is when a surgical wound splits open unexpectedly.  Certain surgeries have a greater chance of this serious complication. 0% 0.21%
Accidental Puncture or Laceration:   An accidental cut causing a hole or tear in an organ of the body during a medical or surgical procedure. 0% 0.16%
Iatrogenic Pneumothorax:  A Pneumothorax is when air leaks out of a patient's lungs due to an accidental puncture during a medical or surgical procedure.  This can cause the lung to collapse. 0% 0.36%

*Benchmark is Quest Top Quartile Hospitals