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The Leapfrog Group Releases 2008 Hospital Survey Offering Consumers Greater Assurance of Safety
Date:4/24/2008

d families understand what fuels the engine of safer care," added Binder.

Among other changes to the 2008 Survey:

-- The Leapfrog Survival Predictor -- a new composite measure that

forecasts a patient's odds of dying at a particular hospital from

certain high-risk surgeries;

-- Extending the ICU staffing measure to neuro-ICU's;

-- Questions related to surgeon volume have been dropped, except for

bariatric surgery;

-- Reducing from 30 to 13 the number of Safe Practices evaluated in order

to focus on those that have the strongest evidence, are auditable, and

are not measured in another way in a different section of the Survey.

The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is divided into four areas or "Leaps" of hospital quality and safety practices:

-- Computer physician order entry;

-- High-risk treatments (coronary artery bypass graft, percutaneous

coronary, intervention, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve

replacement, pancreatic resection, esophagectomy, bariatric surgery);

-- Intensive care unit (ICU) staffing by physicians experienced in critical

care medicine;

-- Leapfrog Safe Practices (e.g. leadership, creating and sustaining a

culture of safety, improving information transfer, medication

management, hospital- associated infections, and care processes).

Hospitals complete the self-administered Survey beginning in April; individual results begin to be posted on The Leapfrog Group Web site in July. Aggregated and analyzed results are published in the fall, along with the annual Leapfrog Top Hospitals list.

The Leapfrog Group

On behalf of the millions of Americans for whom many of the nation's largest corporations and public agencies buy health benefits, The Leapfrog Group (http://www.leapfroggrou
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