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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.
In the 2014 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, Cincinnati Children’s received the highest possible ratings for:
The survey rates hospitals on a broad range of quality and safety measures − known as “leaps” − using the following scoring system:
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 this is 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”
Are hospital intensive care units staffed by qualified specialists?
Why this is 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.”
Has the hospital implemented safety practices and policies endorsed by the National Quality Forum? Why this is 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”
Has the hospital implemented Leapfrog’s policy on managing serious events that occur within the facility?
Why this is 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.
How does the hospital perform in reducing catheter-associated bloodstream and urinary tract infections in the ICU?
Why this is important: By reliably implementing evidence-based care protocols known as “bundles” for catheter insertion and maintenance, catheter-associated bloodstream and urinary tract infections can be significantly reduced and even eliminated. We join with other hospitals in the pursuit of perfect care as we learn together the best way to eliminate these infections. By working together, we move faster toward our goal of zero harm for the patients we serve.
Learn more about this work and the Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) improvement collaborative.
Find more information on how to join the network of hospitals on this safety journey.
Do hospitals use methods that optimize scheduling and operating room utilization shown to improve how patients undergoing surgery move through the system?
Why this is important: By using scientific methods to understand operating room capacity in relation to surgery complexity, hospitals can ensure patients are cared for in a timely manner. This has a direct impact on safety, as disruptions are avoided, patients flow smoothly through the system, and receive the right care at the right time. By avoiding patient flow disruptions, frustration for families, patients and staff is minimized, resulting in increased satisfaction for everyone involved.
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