ELIH Patient Safety

Eastern Long Island Hospital is in the top 10% of all hospitals in New York for patient safety and earned the nation’s top distinction with an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group, a national, independent watchdog group that sets the highest standards for patient safety in the United States. Leapfrog assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide.  Eastern Long Island Hospital is the only hospital in Suffolk County to receive an "A" and one of 823 hospitals nationally to receive this score for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients.  

The patient care team at ELIH is committed to pursuing excellence, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  To review ELIH’s full report at Hospital Compare, click here. https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare

Safe patient care requires constant dedication and a commitment to excellence. Continued performance improvement processes help the CARE Team set goals and establish “best practices” to promote a culture of safety.

Best Practices- Established protocols and procedures ensure optimal care for every patient. These protocols and procedures have resulted in ELIH lowering their incidence of hospital acquired conditions such as urinary tract infections and central line associated bacteremias.

Successful Initiatives include:

Electronic Medication Administration Record (EMAR) – Computerized technology is incorporated into daily care to prevent one of the most common medical mistakes, medication errors. 

With a scanning device that reads the bar code on the patient’s ID band and the dispensed medication,  information is recorded at bedside, reinforcing the “seven rights” of medication administration:

  1. The right medication
  2. To the right person
  3. The right dose
  4. At the right time
  5. On the right route
  6. For the right reason
  7. With the right documentation


Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) – Electronic orders by physicians further prevent misinterpretation of handwritten orders to ensure the accuracy of prescribed treatments and reduce medical error. The system also delivers reminders, best practices, and automatic alerts about potentially harmful drug interactions or allergies.

Color coded wristbands – Standardized colors can reduce medical error by quickly identifying at risk patients and prevent unintentional injury, such as falls and allergic reactions. The colored band communicates a particular risk factor to every staff member involved in the patient’s care.