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REID HOSPITAL »  About Reid »  Reid About QUALITY »  Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI)

Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI)

Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI)

Quality Indicator: Administering Aspirin Within 24 Hours of Hospital Arrival

Simple aspirin has been shown to decrease the size of an acute myocardial infarction (also known as a heart attack) and to help prevent a re-occurrence. These days, almost every patient receives aspirin within minutes of presenting with heart attack symptoms (often times in the ambulance).

 

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Quality Indicator: Aspirin Prescribed at Hospital Discharge

Because of aspirin's beneficial qualities to patients who have experienced a heart attack, it is also important to continue taking it after discharge. 

 

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Top 10% of

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99% 100% 100% 100% 90% 100%

 

 

Quality Indicator: Appropriate Usage of ACE Inhibitors or ARB drugs

Long-term survival and quality of life have been enhanced by the use of these classes of drugs. Some patients who have had a heart attack develop problems with the function of the left ventricle of their heart. These patients should be started on an ACE inhibitor or ARB drug soon after their heart attack.

The scores below reflect whether we are effective at sending patients home on this very important type of medicine.

 

Fourth Quarter

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Goal

Top 10% of

Hospitals Nationally

92% 100% 100% 95% 90% 100%

 

 

Quality Indicator: Providing Smoking Cessation Advice

We offer basic smoking cessation materials for patients who have smoked within the past year. For those who are interested in quitting, one-on-one discussion about options is available before discharge.

 

Fourth Quarter

2010

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2011

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2011

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2011

VHA

Goal

Top 10% of

Hospitals Nationally

100% 100% 100% 100% 90% 100%

 

 

Quality Indicator: Beta Blocking Medications Prescribed at Hospital Discharge

Beta-blockers, a type of blood pressure medication, have been shown to decrease mortality during and after a heart attack. They work in many ways including slowing the heart rate, decreasing the risk of lethal heart rhythms and decreasing stress on the heart. The scores below measure our effectiveness at prescribing these drugs to our patients when they are discharged from the hospital.

 

 

Fourth Quarter

2010

First Quarter

2011

Second Quarter

2011

Third Quarter

2011

VHA

Goal

Top 10% of

Hospitals Nationally

100% 100% 100% 99% 90% 100%

 

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