LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Hospitals can be hazardous to your health. A new study released Thursday by the Center for Disease Control revealed one in 25 patients have at least one hospital-associated infection.
The rate of infection in Kentucky and Indiana, ranked higher than the national average.
Patients get the wrong drugs, fail to get needed tests or treatments or develop infections that could have been prevented.
Consumer Reports rankings revealed some familiar names that are falling behind specifically in caring for older patients. In fact, the highest safety score in Consumer Reports for Louisville area hospital ratings is far from a household name, it's the Kentuckiana Medical Center in Clarksville, Indiana.
Baptist Health LaGrange had an equally high overall score. Baptist Health Louisville and Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown were just two points behind Baptist Health LaGrange.
Out of all of the those, only Kentuckiana Medical Center received an above average rating for avoiding medical mortality, which is based on how likely patients are to die within 30 days of being admitted for a heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia.
Analysts also considered how often surgery patients with serious but treatable complications die in the hospital.
Dr. John Santa said, "Although this data is from people 65 and older, it's a good indication of a hospital's attention to safety. And we find the chance of dying is much higher in some hospitals than others."
Two big names ranked at the bottom of the list were KentuckyOne's Jewish Hospital and University of Louisville Hospital.
University rated below average for medical and surgical mortality.
Jewish, rated "worse" by Consumer Reports, for surgical mortality.
John James, who has dedicated himself to improving hospital safety for all ages, said, "We got humans here. They make mistakes."
His teenage son died after what James said was a series of hospital errors.
The Journal of Patient Safety published James' analysis, which estimated 440,000 people a year die after suffering medical errors in hospitals.
James said it's the third biggest cause of death after heart disease and cancer.
"The real question is are they making too many mistakes and are they learning from the ones they make? And my answer is they're not learning as well as they could be," he said.
In a statement, KentuckyOne said:
"KentuckyOne Health supports and embraces transparency in health care, as patients now have access to more information than ever before. We are in the process of reviewing this report and evaluating Consumer Reports' methodology, along with the many other rating services, to ensure consistency and accuracy. As we move further into a standardized culture of quality and safety at KentuckyOne Health, we are working to ensure a consistent experience for all of our patients. This type of information will serve as another tool in the continuous improvement of our care delivery across the state."
To view a complete list of rankings for hospitals in our area, click here.
For ways to avoid problems and more information on hospital deaths caused by medical harm, click here.
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