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Washington Hospital Gets "F" Grade - Only One In Indiana

Last updated on Saturday, December 1, 2012

(WASHINGTON) - Preventable hospital errors, infections and injuries kill more than 180,000 Americans every year.

The Leapfrog Group, a non-profit sponsored by hospital safety advocates, says it's trying to prevent that.

The group has assigned letter grades to American hospitals, hoping they will make an effort to correct these preventable errors.

Many Hoosier hospitals received A's and B's, but the state did have an F.

Daviess Community Hospital in Washington is one of only 25 hospitals in the country that failed.

The score is comprised of 26 different measures, all focusing on preventable errors.

This is the second time LeapFrog has graded hospitals, and the non-profit's CEO, Leah Binder says they were a bit more lenient last time.

For its treatment, Daviess did poorly with the number of patients experiencing bed sores, or pressure ulcers.

Administratively, Daviess took a hit for not using a computerized physician order entry system.

That's a system that helps catch errors in the prescription writing process.

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