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% or greater, meaning that at least 80% of babies are screened for jaundice, and techniques to prevent blood clots are used for at least 80% 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.