Ensuring exceptional patient safety at Lakeview Hospital secures top honors from The Leapfrog Group
Lakeview Hospital is among only nine in Utah to achieve an “A” Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group. This is the fifth time in a row that this Bountiful hospital has earned this top honor. The fall 2018 Safety Grades recognize top performers among 2,600+ U.S. hospitals for ensuring patient safety. Only 32 percent of those hospitals achieved an ‘A’ for protecting patients from harm and consistently meeting the highest national safety standards. Lakeview Hospital is among them once again. “Achieving this patient safety award five consecutive times is incredible; I am grateful to our staff and caregivers who helped to make that happen,” said Troy Wood, CEO at Lakeview Hospital. “Collectively, we promise to provide the quality of healthcare we would want our closest loved ones to receive. Ensuring safety for all those who trust us with their care is only one way that we deliver on that promise.” When assigning grades “A – F,” The Leapfrog Group rating system focuses entirely on medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections. In Utah, 25 hospitals were included in the assessment for fall grades. Only nine hospitals earned an “A” grade, which ranks the state 15th nationwide.
Nationwide, medication errors in hospitals affect as many as one in four patients. Therefore, The Leapfrog Group assessed the use of Bar Code Medication Administration when determining this year’s safety grades. BCMA technology ensures that patients receive the medications specifically prescribed for them, and has been in use at Lakeview Hospital for several years.
The following initiatives consistently contribute to ensuring patient safety at Lakeview Hospital:
- Computer medication management: ensures that patients are given the right medicine, in the right dosage, and at the right time.
- Computerized Physician Order Entry: electronically processes physician orders for patient care. This tool has proven to save lives by reducing inaccuracies and decreasing medical errors.
- Hugs® security system: continuously monitors small electronic devices placed on every newborn and pediatric patient.
- Multidisciplinary safety committees: broaden the scope and depth of experience and knowledge brought to patient safety improvement initiatives.
- Patient safety leaders: perform quarterly rounds with patients at the hospital and review compliance with and the effectiveness of all safety regulations.
- Yearly safety training: all employees and volunteers are required to complete a comprehensive safety training course and pass a detailed test.
The Leapfrog Group Safety Grades were compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to educate themselves and their families. For more information including a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining Hospital Safety Grades, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.