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Lehigh Valley Hospital makes top list of safe U.S. hospitals

Published On: Apr 23 2013 10:43:52 AM CDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Lehigh Valley Hospital made a list of safe U.S. hospitals, according to AARP magazine, one of only three in the state to do so.

LVH was one of three in Pennsylvania -- along with Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh and Geisinger Medical Center in Danville -- to make the ranking, which includes only 66 in the country.

According to the  article, "Lessons from America's Safest Hospitals," the magazine teamed up with the Leapfrog Group to highlight what some of the most innovative hospitals are doing to prevent errors.

“With its Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog rates institutions on 26 measures of safety—including ‘never events,’ infection rates from IV and catheter lines, secondary infections, and hospital-acquired conditions like pressure ulcers and air embolisms—using data it compiles from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the American Hospital Association and the Leapfrog Hospital Survey.”

One of the ways LVH is safer is through use of a computerized provider order entry (CPOE) which reduced medication errors from two in 100,000 to two in 1 million.

Both LVH and LVH-Muhlenberg received A grades for patient safety from Leapfrog in the latest ranking in 2012.