Article   |   July 14, 2016   |   Tom Bobich
The Leapfrog Group

Leapfrog Reports Majority of Hospitals Fall Short on ICU Care Standard

The Leapfrog Group, in an analysis of its 2015 Leapfrog Hospital Survey aided by Castlight Health, reports that only 47% of reporting hospitals meet its recommended standard for intensivist coverage of the hospital ICU. This shortfall potentially puts patient lives at risk, as studies have previously proven that compliance with its guideline increases patient survival by as much as 40%. Advanced ICU Care, on the other hand, helps 67% of its partner hospitals fully comply with The Leapfrog Group ICU standard.

The Leapfrog standard calls for hospitals to have at least one board-certified intensivist on staff, exclusively providing care in the ICU, for at least eight hours per day seven days a week, and for intensivists to return calls within five minutes 95 percent of the time. Advanced ICU Care, with its industry-leading tele-ICU care provided by intensivist-led care teams, not only can help hospitals meet the Leapfrog ICU staffing standard, but can also ensure that intensivist expertise is available to meet patient needs around the clock, rather than simply during the day.

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In the 2015 reporting period, Advanced ICU Care partnered with its client hospitals to care for over 55,000 patients in ICUs across the nation. They achieved a 34% reduction in mortality when compared to projected results, resulting in over 1,400 lives saved. Advanced ICU Care teams responded to 96% of emergency alerts within 90 seconds, far surpassing the Leapfrog standard of at least 95% of responses within 5 minutes..

 

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