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excellent performers, but this year's class has taken additional steps to earn the right to be recognized as Top Hospitals," said Binder.

Binder pointed out that as all hospitals improve performance, it becomes more difficult to be among the top performers.

Top Hospitals in 2008:

-- Fully meet Leapfrog standards for not only implementing computer

physician order entry (CPOE) systems that help prevent medication

errors, but have also carefully tested their CPOE systems with

Leapfrog's CPOE Evaluation Tool;

-- Fully meet stringent performance standards for at least one of the

complex, high-risk procedures (such as heart bypass surgery) done in

that particular hospital.

-- Fully meet the ICU staffing standard;

-- Fully meet or demonstrate "substantial progress" on 13 additional

nationally recognized safe practices, such as preventing pneumonia or

bloodstream infections.

"This year we added a requirement that Top Hospitals evaluate their CPOE systems with a tool that ensures that their systems are alerting physicians to common, serious prescribing errors," said Binder.

In addition to the four "leaps," the Leapfrog Hospital Survey asks hospitals to report progress on other important patient safety areas:

-- Participating in other public reporting initiatives,

-- Adhering to the Leapfrog "Never Events" policy,

-- Measuring how efficiently resources are used for coronary artery bypass

graft (CABG), percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI), acute

myocardial infarction (AMI), and pneumonia;

-- Helping patients avoid pressure ulcers and other hospital-related


A study published in the June issue of the Journal on 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 who eit

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