Talk about cause for alarm.Medicare Studies Hospital Acquired Conditions

A recent Medicare study revealed patients at hospitals in Upstate New York and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania often get worse, instead of better, because they become victims of preventable Hospital Acquired Conditions (HACs).

HACs are serious conditions that patients get during an inpatient hospital stay.  They include such events as such as patient falls, infections, foreign objects being left in patients after surgery, bedsores, poor blood sugar control for diabetes, and improper blood transfusions.

According to Medicare, if hospitals follow proper procedures, patients are should not acquire these conditions. Often referred to as “Medicare Never Events”, Medicare actually refuses pay for the treatment of any of these conditions, and patients can’t be billed for them.

The findings are nothing less than startling.  Below I parsed out the important statistics for several Upstate New York and Northern Tier Hospitals.  The first number is the rate of HACs per 1,000 discharges at each hospital.  The number is the national rate of HACs per 1,000 discharges.

In addition, Medicare provides a website that allows for head-to-head comparison of hospitals based on geographical location.

 

NAME OF HOSPITAL                                    HOSPITAL RATE           NATIONAL RATE

Upstate New York Hospitals

Arnot Ogden Medical Center

FOREIGN OBJECT RETAINED AFTER SURGERY 0 0.09
AIR EMBOLISM 0 0.003
BLOOD INCOMPATIBILITY 0 0.001
PRESSURE ULCER STAGES III AND IV 0.557 0.135
FALLS AND TRAUMA 0.836 0.564
VASCULAR CATHETER-ASSOCIATED INFECTION 0.139 0.367
CATHETER-ASSOCIATED UTI 0.697 0.316
MANIFESTATIONS OF POOR GLYCEMIC CONTROL 0 0.05

St. Joseph’s Hospital

AIR EMBOLISM 0 0.003
BLOOD INCOMPATIBILITY 0 0.001
PRESSURE ULCER STAGES III AND IV 0.296 0.135
FALLS AND TRAUMA 0.296 0.564
VASCULAR CATHETER-ASSOCIATED INFECTION 0.296 0.367
CATHETER-ASSOCIATED UTI 0.296 0.316
MANIFESTATIONS OF POOR GLYCEMIC CONTROL 0 0.05

Corning Hospital

PRESSURE ULCER STAGES III AND IV 0.593 0.135
FALLS AND TRAUMA 0.593 0.564
VASCULAR CATHETER-ASSOCIATED INFECTION 0.593 0.367
CATHETER-ASSOCIATED UTI 0 0.316
MANIFESTATIONS OF POOR GLYCEMIC CONTROL 0 0.05

Cayuga Medical Center

FOREIGN OBJECT RETAINED AFTER SURGERY 0 0.09
AIR EMBOLISM 0 0.003
BLOOD INCOMPATIBILITY 0 0.001
PRESSURE ULCER STAGES III AND IV 0 0.135
FALLS AND TRAUMA 0.535 0.564
VASCULAR CATHETER-ASSOCIATED INFECTION 0 0.367
CATHETER-ASSOCIATED UTI 0.535 0.316
MANIFESTATIONS OF POOR GLYCEMIC CONTROL 0 0.05

Finger Lakes Health/Geneva General Hospital

FOREIGN OBJECT RETAINED AFTER SURGERY 0 0.09
AIR EMBOLISM 0 0.003
BLOOD INCOMPATIBILITY 0 0.001
PRESSURE ULCER STAGES III AND IV 0 0.135
FALLS AND TRAUMA 0.744 0.564
VASCULAR CATHETER-ASSOCIATED INFECTION 1.488 0.367
CATHETER-ASSOCIATED UTI 1.488 0.316
MANIFESTATIONS OF POOR GLYCEMIC CONTROL 0 0.05

Olean Hospital

AIR EMBOLISM 0 0.003
BLOOD INCOMPATIBILITY 0 0.001
PRESSURE ULCER STAGES III AND IV 0 0.135
FALLS AND TRAUMA 1.021 0.564
VASCULAR CATHETER-ASSOCIATED INFECTION 0 0.367
CATHETER-ASSOCIATED UTI 0.613 0.316
MANIFESTATIONS OF POOR GLYCEMIC CONTROL 0 0.05

Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital

AIR EMBOLISM 0 0.003
BLOOD INCOMPATIBILITY 0 0.001
PRESSURE ULCER STAGES III AND IV 0 0.135
FALLS AND TRAUMA 0 0.564
VASCULAR CATHETER-ASSOCIATED INFECTION 0 0.367
CATHETER-ASSOCIATED UTI 2.01 0.316
MANIFESTATIONS OF POOR GLYCEMIC CONTROL 1.005 0.05

St. James Mercy Hospital

FOREIGN OBJECT RETAINED AFTER SURGERY 0 0.09
AIR EMBOLISM 0 0.003
BLOOD INCOMPATIBILITY 0 0.001
PRESSURE ULCER STAGES III AND IV 0 0.135
FALLS AND TRAUMA 0.598 0.564
VASCULAR CATHETER-ASSOCIATED INFECTION 0.598 0.367
CATHETER-ASSOCIATED UTI 0.598 0.316
MANIFESTATIONS OF POOR GLYCEMIC CONTROL 0 0.05

Cortland Hospital

PRESSURE ULCER STAGES III AND IV 0.563 0.135
FALLS AND TRAUMA 0.844 0.564
VASCULAR CATHETER-ASSOCIATED INFECTION 0.563 0.367
CATHETER-ASSOCIATED UTI 1.125 0.316
MANIFESTATIONS OF POOR GLYCEMIC CONTROL 0 0.05

Northern Tier Pennsylvania Hospitals

Robert Packer Hospital

FOREIGN OBJECT RETAINED AFTER SURGERY 0.27 0.09
AIR EMBOLISM 0 0.003
BLOOD INCOMPATIBILITY 0 0.001
PRESSURE ULCER STAGES III AND IV 0 0.135
FALLS AND TRAUMA 0.712 0.564
VASCULAR CATHETER-ASSOCIATED INFECTION 0.407 0.367
CATHETER-ASSOCIATED UTI 0.102 0.316
MANIFESTATIONS OF POOR GLYCEMIC CONTROL 0.102 0.05

Bradford Regional Medical Center

FOREIGN OBJECT RETAINED AFTER SURGERY 0 0.09
AIR EMBOLISM 0 0.003
BLOOD INCOMPATIBILITY 0 0.001
PRESSURE ULCER STAGES III AND IV 0 0.135
FALLS AND TRAUMA 0.368 0.564
VASCULAR CATHETER-ASSOCIATED INFECTION 0.368 0.367
CATHETER-ASSOCIATED UTI 0 0.316
MANIFESTATIONS OF POOR GLYCEMIC CONTROL 0 0.05

Bloomsburg Hospital

AIR EMBOLISM 0 0.003
BLOOD INCOMPATIBILITY 0 0.001
PRESSURE ULCER STAGES III AND IV 0 0.135
FALLS AND TRAUMA 1.23 0.564
VASCULAR CATHETER-ASSOCIATED INFECTION 0 0.367
CATHETER-ASSOCIATED UTI 0 0.316
MANIFESTATIONS OF POOR GLYCEMIC CONTROL 0 0.05

Geisinger Medical Center

FOREIGN OBJECT RETAINED AFTER SURGERY 0.239 0.09
AIR EMBOLISM 0 0.003
BLOOD INCOMPATIBILITY 0 0.001
PRESSURE ULCER STAGES III AND IV 0.095 0.135
FALLS AND TRAUMA 0.858 0.564
VASCULAR CATHETER-ASSOCIATED INFECTION 0.858 0.367
CATHETER-ASSOCIATED UTI 0.858 0.316
MANIFESTATIONS OF POOR GLYCEMIC CONTROL 0 0.05

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

AIR EMBOLISM 0 0.003
BLOOD INCOMPATIBILITY 0 0.001
PRESSURE ULCER STAGES III AND IV 0 0.135
FALLS AND TRAUMA 0.617 0.564
VASCULAR CATHETER-ASSOCIATED INFECTION 0 0.367
CATHETER-ASSOCIATED UTI 0.308 0.316
MANIFESTATIONS OF POOR GLYCEMIC CONTROL 0 0.05

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital

FOREIGN OBJECT RETAINED AFTER SURGERY 0 0.09
AIR EMBOLISM 0 0.003
BLOOD INCOMPATIBILITY 0 0.001
PRESSURE ULCER STAGES III AND IV 0 0.135
FALLS AND TRAUMA 0.538 0.564
VASCULAR CATHETER-ASSOCIATED INFECTION 0 0.367
CATHETER-ASSOCIATED UTI 0 0.316
MANIFESTATIONS OF POOR GLYCEMIC CONTROL 0 0.05

Williamsport Hospital and Medical Center

FOREIGN OBJECT RETAINED AFTER SURGERY 0.337 0.09
AIR EMBOLISM 0 0.003
BLOOD INCOMPATIBILITY 0 0.001
PRESSURE ULCER STAGES III AND IV 0.118 0.135
FALLS AND TRAUMA 0.354 0.564
VASCULAR CATHETER-ASSOCIATED INFECTION 0.59 0.367
CATHETER-ASSOCIATED UTI 0 0.316
MANIFESTATIONS OF POOR GLYCEMIC CONTROL 0.118 0.05

Lewistown Hospital

FOREIGN OBJECT RETAINED AFTER SURGERY 0 0.09
AIR EMBOLISM 0 0.003
BLOOD INCOMPATIBILITY 0 0.001
PRESSURE ULCER STAGES III AND IV 0 0.135
FALLS AND TRAUMA 0.537 0.564
VASCULAR CATHETER-ASSOCIATED INFECTION 0 0.367
CATHETER-ASSOCIATED UTI 0 0.316
MANIFESTATIONS OF POOR GLYCEMIC CONTROL 0 0.05

Alleghany General Hospital

FOREIGN OBJECT RETAINED AFTER SURGERY 0 0.09
AIR EMBOLISM 0 0.003
BLOOD INCOMPATIBILITY 0 0.001
PRESSURE ULCER STAGES III AND IV 0.252 0.135
FALLS AND TRAUMA 0.673 0.564
VASCULAR CATHETER-ASSOCIATED INFECTION 0.168 0.367
CATHETER-ASSOCIATED UTI 0.084 0.316
MANIFESTATIONS OF POOR GLYCEMIC CONTROL 0 0.05
Thanks for reading!
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Christina Bruner Sonsire, Esq.
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
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