New hospital safety and efficiency survey

The Leapfrog Group, a coalition made up of businesses, government agencies and health care researchers, released the result of a survey on hospital safety and efficiency this week.

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Here’s what they found overall:

“As the Obama administration and Congress consider health care reform options, it is clear we have a long way to go to achieve hospital quality and cost-effectiveness worthy of the nation’s $2.3 trillion annual investment, ” said Leapfrog CEO Leah Binder. “According to our data, a majority of hospitals have significant safety and efficiency deficits.”

  Among surveyed hospitals, efficiency standards – defined as highest quality and lowest resource use -are met by only 24% of hospitals for heart bypass surgery, 21% for heart angioplasty, 14% for heart attack care, and 14% for pneumonia care.

Sixty-five percent of participating hospitals do not have all recommended policies in place to prevent common hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).

— Seventy-five percent do not fully meet the standards for 13 evidence-based safety practices, ranging from hand washing to competency of the nursing staff.

— Only 26% and 34% of reporting hospitals are fully meeting standards for treating two common acute conditions, heart attacks (AMI) and pneumonia, respectively.

— Only 30% and 25% of hospitals are fully meeting standards to prevent hospital-acquired pressure ulcers or hospital-acquired injuries, respectively.

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