RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Consumer reports surveyed more than 25-hundred hospitals across the country to see how they scored on patient safety. News 4 sat down with one consumer report expert who says this new research is a tool everyone should take advantage of when they plan to make a trip to the hospital.
"First, it's just a matter of being informed, if you go buy a car you can know all about it's safety problems and features. You should know the same thing about healthcare services," Consumer Reports Health Ratings Expert Doris Peter says.
Peter also explained it's a way of leveling the playing field. Hospitals were ranked on a scale from one to 100.
"They need to be held accountable," Peter says.
In Consumer Reports ratings, Renown Regional Medical Center received an overall score of 47, Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center received a 56, and Carson Tahoe Regional Healthcare received a 51.
The hospitals were scored in five different areas of patient safety: readmission, morality, overuse of CT scans, hospital-acquired infections and communication. Readmission, considered to be an important factor, is one our area hospitals scored well in, Peter says.
According to Consumer Reports, our region's hosptals' ratings for "Avoiding Readmission" -- on a scale from "better to worse" -- ranged from average to above average. Renown Regional Medical Center received an average score, Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center received an above average score, and Carson Tahoe Regional Healthcare received an above average score.
The top-rated hospitals in the U.S. scored a 78; and the lowest, an 11.
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