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Do doctors wash their hands?

— When you check into the hospital, are you aware of whether the doctors wash their hands?

Do you consider the potential risk for infection and what your hospital’s success rate has been in preventing these? Chances are no, but having access to this information could be the difference between life and death.

In fact, more than 440,000 people die each year from preventable errors, making medical errors the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

The Leapfrog Safety Grade assigns “A” through “F” grades to hospitals nationwide, revealing how well local and regional hospitals protect patients from accidents, injuries and infections. Highlights include:

Of the 2,632 hospitals graded in the launch, 832 earned an “A,” 662 a “B,” 964 a “C,” 159 a “D” and 15 an “F.”

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