High-risk deliveries (Leapfrog Group)

The descriptions for this measure come from source: www.leapfroggroup.org.

“Following births in which infants were predicted to weigh less than 1500 grams at birth, infants are usually cared for in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  Patients having a high-risk delivery should choose a hospital that follows the recommended processes of care and also has lots of experience in caring for infants born with a very-low birthweight (less than 1500 grams).”
 
“Select a hospital with lots of experience and the best results for specific procedures, surgeries or conditions. This is known as Evidence Based Hospital Referral (High risk procedures). Evidence-based hospital referral means making sure that patients with high-risk conditions are treated at hospitals with characteristics shown to be associated with better outcomes.”
 
“Patients can expect the safest possible surgery at hospitals with low mortality rates or high rates of adherence to clinical practices (or processes) known to improve surgical outcomes…. Another important factor related to better surgical outcomes is volume — how many procedures of a given type a hospital performs each year.”
About this measure
 
The Leapfrog Group scores High Risk Delivery care by comparing the hospital’s volume of patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to the Leapfrog threshold volume.  Scores are reported as:
 
1 = Willing to Report
2 = Some Progress
3 = Substantial Progress
4 = Fully Meets Standards
 

Note: In this case, a higher number is better.  

Most Recent Available Data (Leapfrog Points)
  2013
Northwestern Memorial 4
Leapfrog Goal Fully Meets Standards 4
Performance Trend (Leapfrog Points)
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Northwestern Memorial 4 4 4 4 4 4
Leapfrog Goal Fully Meets Standards 4 4 4 4 4 4
Source:Leapfrog Group, www.leapfroggroup.org
High Risk Deliveries