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Leapfrog Top Hospitals raise bar on safety
Forty-one U.S. hospitals have been named 2007 Leapfrog Top Hospitals, based on results from the Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey, a rating system that assesses a hospital's quality and safety.
The survey by The Leapfrog Group, a patient safety organization based in Washington, DC, collects data from hospitals on their progress toward implementing practices in four categories: computerized physician order entry (CPOE), ICU physician staffing (IPS), evidence-based hospital referral (EBHR), and the Leapfrog Safe Practices Score (SPS), which measures how well hospitals are progressing on 27 other safe practices endorsed by the National Quality Forum.
Seventy-four percent of participating hospitals have fully implemented the practices in at least one of these four safety and quality categories. The 2007 Top Hospitals list is based on 1,285 hospitals that responded to the Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey as of Aug. 31, 2007. The survey results from those hospitals revealed these significant findings about the state of health care quality and safety in the nation's hospitals:
In addition, 44% have implemented procedures to avoid wrong-site surgeries, 36% have an adequate hand-washing policy for employees, 35% have a satisfactory policy for preventing pressure ulcers, and 29% require a pharmacist to review all medication orders before medication is given to patients. (For more on the results of the Leapfrog survey and the list of top hospitals, go to the Leapfrog Group's web site at www.leapfroggroup.org and select "2007 Leapfrog Top Hospitals and Survey Results" on the home page.)