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
"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
|SOURCE The Leapfrog Group|
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