Recent finding by Leapfrog Group’s semiannual Hospital Safety Grades, which ranks care facilities throughout the country on several metrics, has revealed a gradual decline of medical care facilities in Washington, D.C. and adjoining areas.
D.C. hospitals along with Delaware and North
Carolina came out with the worst care in the country for patient safety in the
survey. No hospital in these areas got
an “A” grade on any metric.
Leapfrog Grades access healthcare on 28 factors
which includes responsiveness of staff, doctor procedures and outcome measures.
Delaware came out as one of the worst states when it
comes to hospital safety, as per a recent national report. After seeking public information on patient
safety and quality, the watchdog organization graded 2,600 U.S. hospitals every
The hospitals were measured on six major areas of safety
with an A-F grading scale, including inpatient care management, maternity care,
medication, infections, inpatient
surgery, and pediatric care
D.C. is presently considered to be the most
dangerous place to give birth in the U.S. The minority women are particularly
at risk as 33 Black women die for every 13 white women from pregnancy or
childbirth related complications. The maternity mortality rate in Washington
D.C. is also more than twice the national average.
Inadequate and inaccessible medical care is a key
factor that contributes to D.C.’s high maternity rate. Recently several maternity
wards were also closed in the District which has left many city areas without labor
and delivery services.