SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Eight hospitals in San Diego County received "A" grades for hospital safety Wednesday from The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization that measures medical center performance.
Top grades in the annual report were received by Fallbrook Hospital, Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Palomar Medical Center, Paradise Valley Hospital, Pomerado Hospital, Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp Coronado Hospital and UCSD Medical Center.
Alvarado Hospital, Scripps Encinitas Hospital, Sharp Chula Vista Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital were each given a "B."
Sharp Grossmont Hospital received a "C." The grade for Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside was pending, a situation that was not explained.
According to The Leapfrog Group, more than 180,000 people die annually from hospital infections, injuries and errors; a Medicare patient has a one-in-four chance of experiencing injury, harm or death when admitted to a hospital; and 493 people die daily because of a preventable hospital error -- the equivalent of a jetliner full of people crashing every day.
Leapfrog's Hospital Safety Score uses data from the organization's own survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It also incorporates information from the American Hospital Association's annual survey.
Among the categories of data are identification and mitigation of hazards, hand hygiene, use of antibiotics before and after surgery, and falls and trauma.
Law enforcement agencies across San Diego County are planning to crack down on drunken driving over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.
A two vehicle crash left one person critically injured Friday in Emerald Hills, according to authorities.
Some of the smartest high school students in San Diego County will be in Atlanta this weekend competing in the National Quiz Bowl Championship.
Californians Aware, a statewide group that advocates for government transparency, Friday expressed concern over a soon-to-take- effect San Diego Unified School District policy to delete most emails after one year.
Millions of Southern Californians will be taking to the roads and airways Friday as the Memorial Day travel crunch goes into high gear, and the large crowds will likely test the patience of motorists and airline passengers.
Several good Samaritans, including a grandmother, disregarded their own safety today when they helped subdue and disarm a knife- waving man who attacked the driver of a bus full of schoolchildren in a rural neighborhood in southeastern San Diego County.
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