Compare Hospital Quality

Hospital Quality

Hospital quality standards are set at the national level by the The Joint Commission. more Data gathered by our state inspectors feed into Hospital Compare, a site for patients and care givers to see the hospital rates preventing infections, recovery from key conditions, and patient satisfaction. Specific performance measures include:

Preventing Infections

  • Clostridium difficile (C.diff) Hospitals can ensure that workers wear gowns and gloves when treating patients with infections and clean their hands after taking off their gloves and take other steps to prevent infection.
  • Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) Hospitals can ensure that tubes used to draw blood or deliver medicine into their veins are properly used and cared for.
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections Hospitals can help prevent MRSA bloodstream infections with proper care and good hygiene. This report shows the number of MRSA infections found in hospitals over a three-month period, using the diamond rating system.
  • Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers Hospitals can help prevent pressure ulcers by giving patients the right treatment at the right time. Hospital Compare
  • Hospital employee influenza (flu) vaccines People who work at hospitals can help protect patients from infection by getting the flu shot or other flu vaccine every year. This report shows how often hospital employees get a flu vaccine.
  • Hand hygiene People who work at hospitals can help protect patients from infection by practicing good hand hygiene (like washing hands between patients). This report shows whether or not employees know to wash their hands and use gloves, and if they actually do these things.
  • Surgical care improvement project
    Hospitals can help prevent surgical infections by giving patients the right treatment at the right time. Hospital Compare shows how often a hospital does these things.

Recovery

  • Heart attacks
    Hospitals can help patients recover from heart attacks by giving them the right treatment at the right time. Hospital Compare shows how often a hospital does these things.
  • Heart failure
    Hospitals can help patients recover from heart failure by giving them the right treatment at the right time. Hospital Compare shows how often a hospital does these things.
  • Pneumonia
    Hospitals can help patients recover from pneumonia by giving them the right treatment at the right time. Hospital Compare shows how often a hospital does these things.

Patient Satisfaction

  • Learn what Medicare patients say about their experiences with hospitals in Rhode Island by looking at the survey results online at Hospital Compare.

Hospital Summary

  • If you know that you or a family member will need hospital care, this report can help you compare hospitals and choose among them. You may also want to ask your doctor, friends, and family members for their thoughts and experiences.