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The LeapFrog Group, a national nonprofit healthcare ratings organization, has released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.
Fauquier Hospital was one of 832 awarded an "A" for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.
CEO Chad Melton said, "It is very gratifying to receive this recognition after months of unwavering focus on patient safety. Thank you to the physicians, nurses and support staff who work so hard to protect our patients from harm. We will continue to improve by putting patient care quality first."
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year.
Polly Roush, director of Quality, Regulatory and Accreditation and Infection Prevention, said that Fauquier Hospital received perfect marks for all measures that were compiled in 2017.
Chief Nursing Officer Sharon Marti said that among the improvements that have been made this year, six new processes contributed to the A rating:
Made improvements to medical records to ensure safe medication prescribing by physicians. Enhanced the process for scanning medication barcodes; direct monitoring of the system has been improved.
Physicians and the Pharmacy are partnering on antibiotic administration to ensure that each prescription is the most effective choice for the individual patient.
Education on the importance of handwashing has included everyone in the organization – board members, nurses, physicians, technicians, as well as all support staff, nutrition services and housekeeping staff.
Senior leaders and nurse supervisors are working more closely together to ensure nurse staffing is always at the appropriate level.
Implemented strategies to quickly identify and mitigate any patient safety risks or hazards throughout the organization.