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Shop for a Safer Hospital

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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Julie Hurlbut
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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It’s important to be familiar with your go-to hospital when a family or friend or yourself isn’t feeling well or has an emergency. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control released a report that stated one in twenty-five patients who are admitted to a hospital develop a hospital-acquired infection. Most people go to the hospital to avoid further sickness, but this cannot be guaranteed. TIME released an article containing information that Consumer Reports released reports on safety and other health topics of 2,591 hospitals around the U.S. They released over all ratings for each hospital with specific categories such as morality, communication with patients, overuse of CT scans, hospital infections, and more. The researchers used this information to create a scale of scores from 1 to 100. The researchers discovered the average hospital score to be 51; however, the number of low-rated hospitals outnumbered the higher-rated ones. This information is helpful for hospitals to adjust what they need to fix in order to be more appealing and a more effective hospital. These ratings are great for the consumer who wants to make sure they are making informed decisions to receive the best care possible, and to get their money’s worth out of their hospital visit. Check out the consumer report website to look into hospitals near you so you can make sure you’re making the most informed decision possible to lower your health cost while increasing your patient care experience.

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