Hospital Quality Data

  • Purpose: To help patients and care givers compare the quality of care at hospitals.
  • Key Information: At a national level the The Joint Commission has established performance standards that hospitals licensed by the State of Rhode Island must meet to be accredited. Data gathered by our state inspectors feeds a national system that compares quality on a five star rating for care outcomes and patient satisfaction. Hospital performance in meeting those performance standards can be compared on their site. (more) Rhode Island also evaluates healthcare outcome measures beyond the federal system. Measures include:
    • Preventing poor outcomes

      • Clostridium difficile (C.difficile) Hospitals can take steps to prevent C.difficile infections, like making sure workers wear gowns and gloves when treating patients with infections and clean their hands after taking off their gloves. This report shows the number of C. difficile cases found in hospitals over a six month period, using the diamond rating system.
      • Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) Hospitals can help patients prevent CLABSI infection by taking good care of the tubes they use to draw blood or deliver medicine into their veins. (Hospital Compare)
      • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections Hospitals can help prevent MRSA bloodstream infections with proper care and good hygiene. This report shows the number of MRSA infections found in hospitals over a three month period, using the diamond rating system.
      • Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers Hospitals can help prevent pressure ulcers by giving patients the right treatment at the right time. This report compares the number of pressure ulcer infections found in hospitals over a three month period, using the diamond rating system.
      • Hospital employee influenza (flu) vaccines People who work at hospitals can help protect patients from infection by getting the flu shot or other flu vaccine every year. This report shows how often hospital employees get a flu vaccine, so higher percentages are better.
      • Hand hygiene People who work at hospitals can help protect patients from infection by practicing good hand hygiene (like washing hands between patients). This report shows whether or not employees know to wash their hands and use gloves, and if they actually do these things. Higher percentages are better.
      • Surgical care improvement project
        Hospitals can help prevent surgical infections by giving patients the right treatment at the right time. Hospital Compareshows how often a hospital does these things, so higher percentages are better
    • Recovery

      • Heart attacks
        Hospitals can help patients recover from heart attacks by giving them the right treatment at the right time. Hospital Compare shows how often a hospital does these things, so higher percentages are better.
      • Heart failure
        Hospitals can help patients recover from heart failure by giving them the right treatment at the right time. Hospital Compare shows how often a hospital does these things, so higher percentages are better.
      • Pneumonia
        Hospitals can help patients recover from pneumonia by giving them the right treatment at the right time. Hospital Compare shows how often a hospital does these things, so higher percentages are better.
    • Patient Satisfaction

      • Learn what Medicare patients say about their experiences with hospitals in Rhode Island by looking at the HCAHPS Survey results online at Hospital Compare. The site shows results of patient satisfaction surveys.
    • Hospital Summary

      • If you know that you or a family member will need hospital care, this report can help you compare hospitals and choose among them. You may also want to ask your doctor, friends and family members for their thoughts and experiences.