LAPORTE | IU Health La Porte Hospital is viewed as one of the best in terms of patient safety, according to AARP.
Just one other hospital from Indiana, St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, made a list of the safest hospitals in the nation published in the April-May edition of the group's magazine.
Indiana University Health LaPorte Hospital is ranked 20th by AARP out of hospitals nationwide for safety in terms of fewest preventable errors.
''We are happy to get awards and we really do put an emphasis on the safety of our patients,'' said Neil Mangus, director of marketing for the hospital hospital.
According to the magazine, some studies suggest up to one-third of all hospital admissions result in harm to a patient.
The magazine also cited a 2010 study from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that estimates 180,000 Medicare beneficiaries die every year from hospital accidents and errors.
The article quoted Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group, a Washington-D.C. based nonprofit that assesses hospitals on national standards of safety, quality and efficiency as saying ''preventable hospital errors are a terrible danger to American families and a huge driver of unnecessary health costs.''
AARP teamed up with the Leapfrog Group to rate health care institutions on 26 measures of safety including infection rates from IV and catheter lines, secondary infections along with conditions acquired while in the hospital such as pressure ulcers and air embolisms.
According to hospital officials, IU Health LaPorte Hospital has implemented nearly 20 initiatives with an eye on improved patient safety, such as using two patient identifiers to assure the right patient is receiving the treatment and promoting a culture of safety with an electronic reporting system so anyone can report a safety concern.
Other measures undertaken by the hospital include a skin care team to prevent pressure ulcers, processes for monitoring the use of urinary catheters and following a sterile insertion procedure for inserting the catheters.
Learning from mistakes by doing root cause analysis is among the other steps now in place at the hospital.
''We do dedicate everything that we do to the safety and service and quality for our patients. We're really proud to see that that's paying off,'' Mangus said.
''It's nice to see that we are recognized for our efforts,'' he said.
St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital was ranked 49th out of 66 hospitals that were on the AARP list.
Topping the list was Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.