Tennesseans has access to Grade A hospitals

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A national study has revealed that Tennessee has among the best access to ‘Grade A’ hospitals.

Tennessee has 231,909 people per top-grade hospital.That gives me a good feeling.

Medical helicopters fly near my house frequently carrying patients to hospitals. To start with, we have good local hospitals in Baptist Carroll County in Huntingdon and Henry County Medical Center in Pairs. But if you need an upgrade fix, there are great hospitals in Memphis and Nashville.It’s a concerning statistic* that over 22,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are a result of preventable deaths during patient hospitalization. Medical error often involves factors such as poor management or monitoring of medical conditions, errors linked to surgery and other procedures, and diagnostic errors; and while healthcare workers are dedicated to their medical duties, these errors may also be related to factors such as  short-staffing, system defects or error in judgement.

Duffy & Duffy, a medical malpractice law firm, used the ‘Hospital Safety Grade’**, along with state population data, to determine a state ranking from of where Americans have the best access to ‘Grade A’ level hospitals in terms of medical safety. The Safety Grade allocates a safety score (with A being the highest possible score, and F, the lowest) for hospitals in each state, which provides information on how likely patients are to experience injuries, accidents, harm, or error during hospitalization. Combined with state population figures, the data analysis compiled a ranking from 1 to 50, indicating which states have the greatest access to top grade healthcare.

It emerged that Tennesseans have among the best access to ‘Grade A’ hospitals in the country. The Volunteer State emerged in 9th position overall, with a rate of 231,909 people per ‘Grade A’ hospital. Tennessee has a total of 74 hospitals in the state, of which a significant 40.8% (30 hospitals) scored ‘Grade A’ in terms of safety.

In first position is Mississippi, with the best access to safe healthcare – it has a rate of 192,308 people per ‘Grade A’ hospital. Mississippi has a total of 44 hospitals in the state, of which 35% (15 hospitals) had ‘Grade A’ safety scores.We all make mistakes, but it’s just like anything else, some people are more careful than others. This study should make us all sit up and take notice and be more careful about any job we undertake because it could mean your life is at stake.

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