WASHINGTON (WUSA9)-- A recent survey showed that over 400,000 Americans die every year because of medical errors.

Consumer Reports magazine investigated hospital safety in the U.S for the first time. In the Washington region 34 hospitals were rated and only five scored 60 or higher.

The top scoring hospitals were Calvert Memorial Hospital, Fort Washington Medical Center, Virginia Hospital Center, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center and Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. Providence Hospital scored the lowest in the region with a score of 28.

The five categories used to measure hospital safety were mortality, readmission, overuse of C-T scans, hospital acquired infections and communication. More specifically mortality was divided into two sections. Medical mortality resulted in 35 hospitals with top ratings and 66 receiving the lowest ratings. However more hospitals had higher rankings in surgical mortality.

The survey suggests surgical patients in top-rated hospitals are 34 percent less likely to die than patients in low-rated hospitals.

A full list of hospital safety ratings from around the country can be found at ConsumerReports.org/hospitalratings

Written by: Brittany Linton, WUSA9