Baptist Hospital of Miami Safety Report
Updated March 2018
Baptist Hospital of Miami is a non-profit general medical and surgical hospital offering both adult and pediatric care. It provides a vast number of medical services, including specialities such as: back/spine care, cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, obstetrics/maternity, neonatal intensive care, neurology and neurosurgery, physical rehabilitation and urology, among others.
The facility has 720 beds, making it one of the largest hospitals in the Miami area.
In the most recent survey year, the hospital admitted 34,926 patients and had 355,051 outpatient visits. Hospital doctors performed 7,395 in-patient surgeries and 7,533 outpatient surgeries.
The hospital also has a Children’s Emergency Center with a 24-bed capacity. The center is separate from the adult emergency room and is equipped to handle a variety of medical problems, from common colds to serious illnesses.
Leapfrog General Safety & Ranking – C
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety grade of Baptist Health Hospital is C, largely due to specific problems with maternity care, infections, and injuries. This grade is part of a decline in recent years. In previous years, Leapfrog rated the hospital A and then B.
The Leapfrog Group rates Baptist Health Hospital and Medical Center’s avoidance in the following categories:
Infections: how well patients avoid hospital-acquired infections
- MRSA infection: below average
- C.diff infection: above average
- Blood infections from ICU stay: below average
- Urinary tract infections from ICU stay: below average
- Infections of the surgical site after colon surgery: above average
Problems with Surgery: how well patients avoid surgery-related complications
- Dangerous object left in patient’s body: above average
- Surgical wound splits open: above average
- Death from serious treatable complication: above average
- Collapsed lung: above average
- Serious breathing problem: below average
- Dangerous blood clot: below average
- Accidental cuts and tears: below average
Practices to Prevent Errors: what the medical professionals and staff do to avoid errors
- Doctors order medications through a computer: below average
- Hand washing: declined to report
- Communication about medicines: above average
- Communication about discharge: below average
- Staff work together to prevent errors: declined to report
Safety Problems: how well the patients avoid harm from medical professional’s mistakes
- Dangerous bed sores: below average
- Patient falls: below average
- Air or gas bubble in the blood: above average
- Track and reduce risks to patients: declined to report
Doctors, Nurses, and Hospital Staff: the quality of the work of those in the hospital to ensure the best patient care
- Effective leadership: declined to report
- Enough qualified nurses: declined to report
- Specially trained doctors care for ICU patients: below average
- Communication with doctors: above average
- Communication with nurses: above average
- Responsiveness of hospital staff: below average
However, for almost all of the categories in which Baptist Health ranks below average, the score is only somewhat below the national average, except for one, which is the worst in the country:
- Specially trained doctors care for ICU patients: The worst score in the nation was 5 out of 100; Baptist Health Hospital’s rating is 5 out of 100.
Consumer Reports Review:
The hospital has also received a score of 54/100 for safety from Consumer Reports. The score is average, and slightly above the average score (47) for the seventeen Miami area hospitals that received ratings.
Consumer Reports ranks Baptist Health Hospital and Medical Center as above average for:
Above Average General Practice Ratings
Avoiding Death – Medical
- The rating measures the probability that a patient suffering from a stroke, heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will die within a month of hospital admission.
Avoiding Death – Surgical
- The rating measures the frequency of a patient undergoing surgery dying in the hospital following development of a serious but treatable complication.
Appropriate use of abdominal scanning
- Only 1% of patients at Baptist Hospital and Medical Center received double abdominal scans.
Appropriate use of chest scanning
- Less than 1% of patients received double chest scans.
Above Average Specialties Practice Ratings
Average General Practice Ratings
Avoiding MRSA infections:
- The hospital reported 7 infections during the 180,761 patient days April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017. This is 7% better than average.
Average score for C.difficile infections:
99 reported C.difficile infections during the 167,660 patient days April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017. The infection rate was 24% better than the national average.
Below Average General Ratings
Baptist Hospital and Medical Center received below-average ratings in several key areas:
Avoiding bloodstream infections
- The hospital reported 23 infections during the 25,304 patient days between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017. This was 11% worse than the national average.
Avoiding urinary tract infections associated with catheters
- The hospital reported 19 infections over the 17,150 patient days between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017. The rate was 32% worse than the national average.
Avoiding surgical site infections
- The hospital reported four infections across 488 procedures between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017. This rate was 23% worse than the national average.
- The hospital reported 29 low-risk delivery mothers receiving C-sections.
Heart Bypass and Aortic Valve Surgery:
Heart bypass surgery goes as expected, with patients having a 98% chance of survival 30 days after surgery, an 89% percent chance of avoiding all five major complications, a 93% chance of receiving all four recommended medications, and a 100% chance of receiving an optimal surgical graft.
Aortic valve surgery, however, has room for improvement, with patients having a 97% chance of survival 30 days after surgery, and an 85% of avoiding all five major complications.
Below Average Specialties Ratings
Above Average Ratings:
- 95% of patients thought their doctor communicated well.
Communication between nurses and patients
- Nearly 89% patients reported that nurses usually or always communicated with them well.
Cleanliness of rooms
- 91% of patients reported that their room and bathroom were usually or always clean.
Communication regarding discharge from the hospital
- 85% of patients reported that hospital staff advised them of occurrences to be alert for after they left the hospital.
Control of pain
- 89% of patients reported that their pain levels were usually or always well controlled.
Quietness of rooms
- 88% percent of patients reported that the areas near their rooms were usually or always quiet during the night.
Explaining new medications
- For 78% of patients, staff usually or always explained new medications.
Communication of information about medications
- 78% of patients reported that hospital staff members usually or always gave explanations regarding new medicines.
Assistance from hospital staff members
- 84% of patients reported that staff members usually or always provided help in a timely manner.
Other Quality Indicators:
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Below average for overall patient experience. The hospital also scored below average in avoiding readmissions, with Medicare patients having a 15.3% chance of readmission to Baptist Health Hospital within 30 days.
The U.S. News & World Report found that 81% of patients would recommend the Baptist Hospital of Miami to family and friends. This percentage is both above the state average for hospital recommendations (68%) and the national average (71%). Five percent of patients surveyed said they would probably or definitely not recommend the hospital to others. This percentage is below the state average and equal to the national average (7%).
If you or a loved one were sustained an injury or illness while being treated by the doctors, physicians, or nurses at Baptist Hospital contact our attorneys today and we can talk about the possibility of legal compensation.
* Not all 68 Miami area hospitals were rated by Consumer Reports