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Northside Hospital

Quality & Patient Safety

Hospital Safety Score

The Hospital Safety Score is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

We are the ONLY hospital in St. Petersburg to earn an "A" in the Leapfrog Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score!

We are committed to enhancing the Patient Experience through improved care, better outcomes and reducing unnecessary costs.

As an affiliate of the nation’s leading healthcare company, we have access to a vast clinical data warehouse, allowing us to adopt best practices to ensure best possible outcomes for our patients.  Key focus areas include:

Antibiotic Management

Through education and clinical order sets, we support antibiotic stewardship.

Blood Utilization

We encourage best clinical practices in blood utilization by adopting a more conservative approach to blood utilization which recent studies show improves patient outcomes.

Children & Pediatric Emergency Care

We use a sophisticated medication safety program designed for infants and children to ensure proper dosing and administration of drugs.

Flu Season Preparation

HCA is a leader in making hospitals safer for patients and visitors by providing free vaccines to staff and requiring vaccinations of health workers with direct patient contact.  When a vaccine is not possible, the caregiver must wear a mask when in proximity to patients.

Medical Research

Improving trauma care in Florida is one of our largest statewide research initiatives through our collaboration with USF Health.  We also participate in a number of research efforts through our affiliation with HCA’s Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI) and our GME programs.

Mothers & Newborns

HCA hospitals were original participants in the March of Dimes studies to minimize or eliminate elective deliveries before the 39th week of pregnancy. HCA was also the first US Health System to test newborns for Kernicterus, which is now an industry standard.

Sepsis Program

Severe sepsis is now one of the most common causes of death in ICUs nationally and we have adopted aggressive strategies and practices through all of our facilities to reduce this serious health threat.

Patient Safety Resources:

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration introduced this website to help the public make well informed health care decisions. With accurate and trusted health care information and tools to compare health care providers and facilities, consumers can make informed choices.

Nursing Quality and Patient Safety

Nurses continue to provide the majority of patient care in hospitals and are critical to the safety and quality of any healthcare organization. Northside Hospital is committed to ensure adequate and competent nursing staff services and nursing leadership at all levels. At Northside Hospital, we understand that an adequate workforce of well-trained nurses is essential to high-quality care.

2014 Staffing Effectiveness Medical - Surgical Medical Telemetry Progressive Care Intensive Care
Budget MH/ Patient Day 8.77 8.96 13.62 15.83
Actual MH/ Patient Day 8.66 8.67 12.05 16.09
% Flexible Labor 16.2% 19.3% 19.1% 28.3%