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These hospitals are the safest in New Jersey

TRENTON — Five hospitals in New Jersey have earned straight A’s since a national health care quality group began evaluating the safety records of more than 2,500 hospitals in 2012.

Using public data and patient surveys, the report examines the incidence of preventable errors and dangerous outcomes, including blood clots, infections, bed sores falls. Leapfrog also looks at staffing and management practices, whether electronically medical records are used to manage prescriptions and how well doctors and nurses communicate with patients.

New Jersey’s top scorers share some characteristics. All five hospitals belong to a larger system or chain. All of them are located in north Jersey, with two in Bergen County and one each in Hudson, Essex and Morris counties.