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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Receives Prestigious Recognition for Patient Safety Efforts in National Survey
Date:10/2/2008

their performance in four crucial areas:

-- Do physicians enter prescriptions and other orders into computers

linked to medication error prevention software? And are those systems

tested to assure that users are warned about serious prescribing

errors?

-- How well do hospitals perform seven complex high-risk procedures and

care for high-risk deliveries? The high-risk procedures are coronary

artery bypass graft, percutaneous coronary intervention, abdominal

aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve replacement, pancreatic resection,

esophagectomy and bariatic surgery. (Do we need to mention how this is

evaluated in a pediatric hospital, where most of these things are done

in very low volume if at all?)

-- Are hospital intensive care units staffed by qualified specialists?

-- Do hospitals have safety practices and policies advocated by the

National Quality Forum to reduce harm and errors?

"Children's Hospital has been at the forefront of efforts by health care institutions to improve patient safety. In 2002, we became the first children's hospital in the country to adopt a CPOE system, and when we move to the new Children's Hospital in 2009, our order entry and inpatient and ambulatory medical records will be completely paperless," said Steven G. Docimo, vice president, Medical Affairs. "Our new hospital will further enable us to enhance patient safety by measures such as offering private inpatient rooms, which reduces the risk of infection. We're proud of the fact that the dedication of our physicians, nurses and staff to patient safety has been recognized by Leapfrog."

A study published in the June 2008 issue of the Journal of Quality and Patient Safety found that hospitals that perform well on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey have lower mortality and better quality of care than those that either didn't perform as well on the survey or that
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