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National Quality Forum Endorses Consensus Standards for Quality of Hospital Care
Date:5/15/2008

ary consensus standards and are evaluated against NQF's criteria to ensure they are important, scientifically acceptable, useable, and feasible. When the federal government adopts standards, federal law obligates that they are voluntary consensus standards.

MEASURES ENDORSED BY NQF, MAY 15, 2008

Length of Stay/Readmission

-- Risk-adjusted average length of inpatient hospital stay

-- Overall inpatient hospital average length of stay (ALOS) and ALOS by DRG service category

-- All-cause readmission index

-- 30-day all-cause risk standardized readmission rate following heart failure hospitalization

-- Severity-standardized average length of stay-routine care

-- Severity-standardized average length of stay-special care

-- Severity-standardized average length of stay-deliveries

Patient Safety, Adult

-- Accidental puncture or laceration

-- Death in low mortality DRGs

-- Iatrogenic pneumothorax

-- Death among surgical inpatients with serious, treatable complications

-- Bilateral cardiac catheterization rate

-- Blood cultures performed within 24 hours prior to or 24 hours after hospital arrival for patients who were transferred or admitted to ICU within 24 hours of hospital arrival

-- Congestive heart failure mortality

-- Hip fracture mortality rate

-- Transfusion reaction, age 18 years and older

Patient Safety, Pediatrics

-- Accidental puncture or laceration

-- Decubitus ulcer

-- Iatrogenic pneumothorax in nonneonates

-- Transfusion reaction, age under 18 years

Pediatrics

-- PICU severity-adjusted length of stay

-- PICU unplanned readmission rate

-- Review of unplanned PICU readmissions

-- Home management plan of care document given to patient/caregiver

-- Pediatric heart surgery mortality

-- Pediatric heart surgery volume

-- PICU pain assessment on admi
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