Quality

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At Hunterdon Medical Center, hospital care is not just about the clinical aspects of your care but the entire experience.  For us, quality is defined in terms of patient safety, clinical quality and patient experience. We strive for excellence in all of these areas so that you can be confident that you will receive the best possible care. Hunterdon Medical Center consistently ranks as the number one top performing hospital in New Jersey for overall patient satisfaction. The staff is noted for treating patients with respect and communicating effectively.

Patient safety sets Hunterdon Medical Center apart from other hospitals. All members of the medical staff demonstrate a passion for safety by employing state-of-the-art practices. Hunterdon Medical Center has one of the lowest rates of complications and infections in New Jersey. Consumer Reports Magazine recognized Hunterdon Medical Center for its superior safety record and listed the organization as one of only two hospitals in New Jersey with a record of zero central line infections.

Clinical Quality
Hunterdon Medical Center leads hospitals in New Jersey and the U.S. for many leading performance indicators of quality healthcare. These quality measures are gathered by three leading organizations:

  1. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) — CMS is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that oversees Medicare and works with state governments to administer Medicaid.
  1. The Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (TJC) —The Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies over 17,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States.
  1. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services — This state agency oversees public health services, senior services and health systems as well as healthcare management and administration in New Jersey.

 

Quality Indicators – Hunterdon Medical Center measures quality based on its response to several situations including Surgical Care. Results are listed below:

Hunterdon Medical Center Surgical care
Hunterdon Medical Center is a participant in the Surgical Care Improvement Project, a national campaign aimed at reducing surgical complications. Hunterdon Medical Center has consistently provided quality surgical care by embracing nationally recommended treatments or best practices. Our success in treating surgical patients is measured by the percentage of patients who receive appropriate treatment. The hospital’s goal is to provide all appropriate measures for avoiding post-surgical complications 100% of the time.

 

Definition of  Terms

Prophylactic Antibiotic One Hour Before Surgery
Research has shown that patients who receive an antibiotic within one hour before surgery are less likely to get post-operative infections.

Prophylactic Antibiotic Selection
The goal of Hunterdon Healthcare physicians is to select antibiotics that are safe, cost effective and appropriate for treating potentially infectious agents. Each type of surgery has specific antibiotics that are acceptable to use to reduce the patient’s risk for infection.

Prophylactic Antibiotic Discontinued Within 24 Hrs
Research has shown that continuing antibiotics beyond 24 hours ­­– 48 hours for cardiac surgery – offers no additional benefit to surgical patients. Furthermore, antibiotics may sometimes cause unwanted side effects, which may interfere with the patient’s recovery.

Appropriate Hair Removal
Using a razor to shave a surgical site may cause cuts that can become infected. Healthcare providers are asked to clip hair or use a depilatory cream in advance to remove it from surgical sites.

Appropriate VTE Prophylaxis Ordered
VTE stands for venous thromboembolism. This is caused by life-threatening blood clots that form in leg, thigh or pelvis, travel to another part of the body and block blood flow to organs such as the lungs. Prophylaxis (preventive) drugs to thwart the formation of blood clots may be prescribed, even for patients who do not have pre-existing blood clotting problems.

Appropriate VTE Prophylaxis Received
This figure accounts for the percent of patients who appropriately received drugs to prevent and treat venous thromboembolism.

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