Last week, the Ministry of Health published a report on the National Programme for Quality Indicators in Israeli hospitals. The report, which examined a number of medical indices, found that Laniado Hospital leads medicine in Israel in two indices, generating a wave of positive reaction from the media.
Laniado leads Israeli medicine in performing hip fracture surgery within 48 hours of hospitalization. It is very important that the operation, a complex orthopedic procedure that is performed primarily on the elderly, is performed as quickly as possible, since “fractures of the femoral neck are very common among the elderly and surgery within 48 hours can prevent suffering, disability, mental and physical deterioration, and mortality," the report stated.
In addition the report noted that: "Numerous studies worldwide, including the study conducted by the Ministry of Health’s Medical Services Research Department, have shown that delaying surgery for more than 48 hours leads to increased mortality within 30 days. Links were also found between postponing surgery and bedsores and osteonecrosis (bone deterioration). Furthermore, when the surgery is delayed in a person who is inactive and is immobile, the risk of bedsores, urinary tract infections, lung infections and incidents of clot-embolism also increases.”
Laniado’s Orthopedics Department, headed by Dr. Claude Picard, scored 98% in this indicator - the highest in Israel.
The report also examined Laniado’s Heart Institute with regard to recommendations to take aspirin following acute myocardial infarction (heart attack). This is most important inasmuch as studies have shown that treatment with aspirin after a heart attack reduces the risk of recurring heart incidents and mortality by 20%. It has also been proven that treatment with aspirin reduced cardiovascular incidents in men by 14%. Clinical guidelines issued by professional organizations support long-term treatment with aspirin, this according to Dr. Anat Aka-Zohar, who headed the report team.
Laniado’s Heart Institute received a score of 100% - the highest score obtainable. Upon their release from hospital, all patients who underwent a cardiac incident received a recommendation to take aspirin. This score constitutes important professional recognition of the competence of Laniado’s Heart Institute, which is headed by Dr. Ron Lior.
At the conference at which the report findings were presented, Deputy Minister of Health Rabbi Yaakov Litzman praised the achievements of Laniado Hospital as a leading medical center.
“The management of the medical center received with satisfaction the study’s findings,” said Rabbi Chaim Hammerman, CEO of Laniado. “We are aware of the heavy responsibility on our shoulders - saving human life. We have no doubt that these results will yet improve in the future. We are continuing the legacy of the Sanzer Rebbe ztz"l to provide the best medical service. The management congratulates Deputy Minister Rabbi Litzman for his initiative to add quality measures to the health care system, thereby improving the quality of medical care in Israel. "