All of Hamburg’s hospitals have performed well in the 2018 survey of “planning-relevant quality indicators” (PlanQI) carried out on behalf of the Joint Federal Committee (G-BA). Eleven quality indicators were examined based on the Hospital Structure Act (KHSG). The results should enable German states to take better account of the quality of medical care in hospital planning.
Quality indicators for measuring hazards
Hospitals all over Germany had collected data for quality indicators in obstetrics (five indicators), gynaecological surgery (three indicators) and breast surgery (three indicators), which were evaluated by the Institut für Qualitätssicherung und Transparenz im Gesundheitswesen (IQTIG). In obstetrics, for instance, the presence of a paediatrician in pre-term births or the health of newborns after birth is checked. In breast cancer surgery, a quality indicator is whether diseased tissue that has previously been marked using ultrasound or X-ray is examined during the operation.
All eleven obstetric departments in Hamburg’s hospitals and those performing gynaecological procedures and breast cancer operations were included in the examination. All of the 23 hospitals examined in Hamburg including the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf and the Marienkrankenhaus Catholic Hospital scored well and without exception.