About Cincinnati Children's

  • Leapfrog Survey Results for 2012

    At Cincinnati Children’s, safety is our No. 1 priority. We aim to identify, evaluate, reduce, respond to and prevent harm related to medical care in all areas of the organization.

    Cincinnati Children’s has been named a 2012 Leapfrog Top Children’s Hospital. By meeting the group’s high standards for safety and quality, we are one of only 12 children’s hospitals that share this distinction.

    Cincinnati Children’s received the highest possible ratings for:

    • Preventing medication errors
    • Appropriate intensive care unit staffing
    • Taking steps to avoid harm
    • Managing serious events

    The survey rates hospitals on a broad range of quality and safety measures − known as “leaps” − using the following scoring system:

    • Fully Meets Standards
    • Substantial Progress
    • Some Progress
    • Willing to Report
  • How We Scored

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    Prevent Medication Errors

    Do physicians enter prescriptions and other orders using computers linked to medication error prevention software? Are those systems tested to assure that users are warned about serious prescribing errors?

    Why is this important? Parents should choose a hospital that uses computerized prescriber order entry systems (CPOE) to order medications, tests and procedures. These systems alert doctors and other prescribers to potential problems and can help avert adverse drug interactions or other harmful events.

    Result: “Fully Meets Standards”

    Appropriate Intensive Care Unit Staffing

    Are hospital intensive care units staffed by qualified specialists?  

    Why is this important? Parents should choose a hospital with an intensive care unit (ICU) that is staffed by doctors and other care givers who have special training in critical care medicine. These doctors are called “intensivists.” 

    Result: “Fully Meets Standards”

    Steps to Avoid Harm

    Has the hospital implemented safety practices and policies endorsed by the National Quality Forum?

    Why is this important? Parents should choose a hospital that has a high Leapfrog Safe Practices score. This means that hospitals have put in place procedures to reduce 13 common, preventable mistakes. Through the consistent implementation of these evidence-based practices, we are dedicated to ensuring our patients’ safety.

    Result: “Fully Meets Standards”

    Managing Serious Events

    Has the hospital implemented Leapfrog’s policy on managing serious events that occur within the facility?

    Why is this important? Parents should choose a hospital that has implemented Leapfrog’s policy on managing serious events. Adherence to this policy demonstrates Cincinnati Children’s commitment to transparency as a key driver of transformational change. For more information on the Leapfrog policy, visit Leapfrog’s web page on managing serious events.

    Result: “Fully Meets Standards”

    Reduce ICU Infections

    How does the hospital compare with other children’s hospitals in reducing catheter-associated bloodstream infections in the ICU?

    Why is this important? By reliably implementing evidence-based care protocols known as “bundles” for catheter insertion and maintenance, catheter-associated bloodstream infections can be significantly reduced and even eliminated. We join with others in the pursuit of “perfect care” as we work to completely eliminate these infections.

    Result: “Substantial Progress”