Breaking News
More (2) »

Tampa Bay and Sarasota's Leading Local News: Weather, Traffic, Sports and more | Tampa Bay and Sarasota, FL | WTSP.com

Hospital safety scores raise red flags. Here's how to check yours.

One Tampa Bay area facility got a D rating, according to the watchdog group behind the scores.
Credit: Thinkstock Photos
Stethoscope head lying on medicine therapeutist doctor chest wearing blue uniform closeup.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla — A new report shows some hospitals are not making the grade when it comes to your safety.

The nonprofit Leapfrog has released its latest hospital safety grades.

They evaluated more than 2,600 hospitals across the country, looking at more than a dozen different safety-related issues for that score -- like whether something was left in a patient's body during surgery, rates of infection and ICU staffing.

The lowest score in the Tampa Bay area was given to Bayfront in Saint Petersburg. The hospital was given a D based on things like rates of MRSA infection, deaths from treatable serious complications, bed sores and patient falls. 

A spokesperson for Bayfront Health St. Petersburg released the following statement to 10News:

"Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is committed to providing safe, quality care for every patient. Our team has implemented several quality improvement initiatives to the care and experience of our patients. Since last fall, we have improved in a number of areas including the reduction of bloodstream infections (CLASBI), catheter-associated infections (CAUTIs), surgical infections and C. diff infections. We also have improved in areas related to patient satisfaction: nurse communication, staff responsiveness and communication about medication. Quality improvement is a continuous process and we continually assess how we can continue to enhance care we provide. We appreciate the dedication of our physicians, nurses and other clinicians as we work together to create a safe environment for our patients to receive care."

CHECK YOUR HOSPITAL: Click here to see how your neighborhood hospital fared on the website.

What other people are reading right now:

►Make it easy to keep up-to-date with more stories like this. Download the 10News app now. 

Have a news tip? Email desk@wtsp.com, or visit our Facebook page or Twitter feed.