Maternity care processes
The descriptions for this measure come from source: www.leapfroggroup.org.
“To ensure a safe delivery for mom and baby, hospitals must take some standard precautions for their patients. Leapfrog assesses whether a newborn has been properly screened for a high bilirubin level. If a high level is not caught, the newborn faces a high risk of brain damage and various disabilities. Additionally, mothers that deliver via C-section are sometimes at risk for a pulmonary embolism, where one or more arteries in the lungs become blocked by a blood clot.”
About this measure
"Hospitals must take care to reduce this risk using standard prevention protocols. Leapfrog's target rate for both components is 80 percent or greater, meaning that at least 80 percent of babies are screened for jaundice, and techniques to prevent blood clots are used for at least 80 percent of mothers delivering via C-section." The Leapfrog Group creates a single score for overall maternity care performance.
Scoring is 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.