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Consumer Reports Ranks Safety of North Carolina Hospitals

August 1st, 2013

August 1, 2013

Each year, thousands of North Carolinians are left seriously injured as the result of errors that occurred during a surgery. Many of these cases result in costly North Carolina Medical Malpractice Claims.

In an effort to reduce the number of these cases and push hospitals to improve patient safety measures, Consumer Reports is planning to release a study ranking some of the state’s hospitals based on their success in surgery.

According to an article released by WRAL News, the study examined factors such as mortality, readmission, and infection rates. The data was gathered from the records of Medicare patients who underwent one, or more, of the 27 most common procedures, including knee replacement, hip replacement, and back surgery.

Researchers concluded that Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, was the safest facility in the state, scoring 70 out of 100 points. Rex Healthcare in Raleigh followed with a score of 58, while Duke University Hospital came in with a score of 55 points.

Some hospitals were not ranked due to insufficient information from Medicare patients.

Consumer Reports is urging anyone who was harmed during a medical procedure to inform the local and state health departments of the error.

The North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers with HensonFuerst also advise these individuals to discuss their legal options regarding their injury and their potential right to compensation with a qualified attorney immediately.