Published on October 18, 2017

Firelands Regional Medical Center Among Top 10% of Hospitals in the Nation for Patient Safety

(October 18, 2017 - Sandusky, Ohio) – Firelands Regional Medical Center announced that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays. The distinction places Firelands among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

During the 2013 to 2015 study period, Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

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  • 40.0 percent less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 44.6 percent less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 54.4 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 50.2 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.

“Patient safety is the cornerstone of high-quality healthcare and a top priority when choosing a medical facility,” said Martin Tursky, former President and CEO of Firelands Regional Medical Center. “As a hospital in the top 10 percent in the nation for patient safety, we strive to instill a sense of confidence in our patients that their well-being is of the utmost importance here. Year after year, we’ll continue to put our time, talents and resources toward improving patient safety.”

On average, 134,568 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals, as a group from 2013 to 2015, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of 13 patient safety indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.

“Hospitals who have been recognized as Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients have minimized patient safety events and also surpassed expectations in preventing safety incidents,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment to delivering high-quality care.”

Explore more information about Firelands Regional Medical Center’s recent Healthgrades awards today.

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