How Safe Are New Hampshire Hospitals?

Check Your Hospital’s Safety Grade

Twice a year, the Leapfrog Group grades hospitals nationwide based on national performance measures* to produce an A, B, C, D or F letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

In the past year, New Hampshire’s total Hospital Safety Score ranking fell from 16th best last fall to 33rd this spring, with fewer than half of NH’s acute care hospitals receiving an A grade, as reported in the New Hampshire Union Leader.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade was launched in 2012 to help increase awareness of hospital errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

The Safety Grade includes 27 measures, all currently in use by national measurement and reporting programs. These include:
  • Infections, such as MRSA, C. diff, infections in the blood during ICU stay or surgical site infections.
  • Surgical mistakes, such as objects left behind, death from treatable complications, collapsed lung
  • Error prevention practices, such as handwashing, communication about medicines,  ordering medicines through a computer
  • Patient safety problems, such as dangerous bed sores, patient falls, air or gas bubble in the blood
  • Doctor, nurse and hospital staffing, such as enough qualified nurses, specially trained doctors for ICU patients, responsiveness of hospital staff...

How Safe Is Your Hospital?


Go to www.hospitalsafetygrade.org to search by hospital or state to view specific hospital scores

* National performance measures include those from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement.

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