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The 2007 Hospital Performance Report released today is the first to publish
The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has already begun collecting more data on surgical quality and infection prevention that will appear in an expanded performance report next year.
According to the 2007 report, hospital performance overall continues to improve as the gap between high- and low-performing hospitals narrows.
“This means patients are more likely to get good care in these treatment areas no matter which hospital they choose,” Commissioner Jacobs said. “That’s good news. But our highest priority remains -- making sure every patient in every hospital gets high-quality care 100 percent of the time. Patients should know how well hospitals prevent infections—especially after surgery. Hospitals can reduce the risk of wound infection after surgery by administering the proper medicines at the correct time.”
Legislation was introduced recently requiring
The proposed legislation also requires that DHSS report each hospital’s infection rates in the annual Hospital Performance Report. The department has already done preliminary work on an expanded public reporting system for infections, should the legislation be signed into law.
The 2007 Hospital Performance Report shows how often 80 hospitals used widely recognized best practices in treatment. These tests and treatments – such as quickly giving aspirin to heart attack patients – are considered the nationally recognized standard of care.
Hospitals were scored on two measures of surgical infection prevention – giving patients antibiotics within one hour before surgery, and stopping antibiotic treatment within 24 hours after surgery ends (48 hours in the case of cardiac surgery).
Hospitals were scored on 17 other cardiac and pneumonia care measures. In 2006,
Other highlights based on the report:
For detailed information on hospital scores and trends, visit the department’s web site at www.nj.gov/health/hpr to view the report and data comparison charts. Both the web and print reports also have information on the four highlighted conditions and their treatment, a section on consumer rights and responsibilities, and information on
"We’re pleased to be able to report on surgical infection prevention in this year’s report card,” said Peter A. Gross, M.D., of
QIAC advises the department on quality issues. The 25-member panel includes hospital, physician, nurse, pharmacist, university, payer and consumer representatives.
DHSS continues to work with hospitals to improve health care quality.
With funding from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, the department, the
Another DHSS initiative with six hospitals focusing on pneumonia treatment has ended. However, the department will develop and disseminate information on the best practices of high-performing hospitals.
Last week, the Department released “Inpatient Quality Indicators: New Jersey 2005,” which provided additional quality information on the state’s hospitals. That report included in-patient death rates, by hospital, for a variety of medical conditions and surgical procedures, and data on numbers of specific procedures each hospital performed.
Please visit the department’s web site at www.nj.gov/health/hpr to view the report and data charts, and to use the interactive comparison features of the on-line performance report. For the first time, the report is also being translated into Spanish and will be available later this month.
For copies of the Hospital Performance Report, write the Office of the Commissioner, Health Care Quality Assessment, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services,
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