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May 13, 2010 12:59 PM by Carina Corral

Marian Medical Center receives safest hospital award


Hundreds of employees take part in an award ceremony at Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria.

HealthGrades officially presented the hospital with its 2010 Patient Safety Excellence Award.

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital also received the award.

They are considered to be among the top five percent of safest hospitals in the nation.

They were evaluated between 2006 and 2008 on 12 patient safety indicators:

· Complications of anesthesia
· Death in low mortality Diagnostic Related Groupings (DRGs)
· Decubitus ulcer (bed sores)
· Death among surgical inpatients with serious treatable complications
· Iatrogenic pneumothorax (collapsed lung)
· Selected infections due to medical care
· Post-operative hip fracture
· Post-operative hemorrhage or hematoma
· Post-operative physiologic and metabolic derangements
· Post-operative respiratory failure
· Post-operative pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis
· Post-operative sepsis
· Post-operative abdominal wound dehiscence
· Accidental puncture or laceration
· Transfusion reaction.

According to HealthGrades, if all hospitals performed at this level approximately 218,572 patient safety events and 22,590 deaths could have potentially been avoided and $2 billion could have been saved between 2006 and 2008.

"Hospitals like Marian Medical Center are setting benchmarks of superior performance that we would like to see other hospitals emulate," said Rick May, M.D., a vice president at HealthGrades and co-author of the study.

238 hospitals nationwide, and 15 hospitals in California, received this honor.

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