This new section will not be publicly reported until 2018.
Each year, there are roughly six million hospital stays for children in the United States, representing nearly one out of every six discharges from U.S. hospitals. Despite the significant health and financial impact of pediatric care, little information is publicly available to compare the quality of pediatric care in hospitals.
There are two pediatric-specific measures of care quality on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey: the CAHPS Child Hospital Survey and Pediatric Computer Tomography (CT) Radiation Dose.
CAHPS Child Hospital Survey
Leapfrog is asking hospitals to report the results of their CAHPS Child Hospital Survey. The CAHPS Child Hospital Survey is designed to address the need to assess and improve the experiences of pediatric inpatients and their parents. Like other CAHPS surveys, this questionnaire focuses on aspects of pediatric inpatient care that are important to patients and their parents, and for which patients and their parents are generally the best source of information.
Pediatric Computed Tomography (CT) Radiation Dose
Given that doses of radiation used for CT are far higher than conventional radiographs (x-rays), it is important for hospitals to review the dosage exposure for their patients, especially pediatric patients given their smaller size and lower body weights.
The Pediatric CT Radiation Dose measure has been endorsed by the National Quality Forum. The goal of the measure is to provide a framework where facilities can easily assess their doses, compare them to benchmarks, and take corrective action to lower their doses if they exceed threshold values.