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Heart Attack Reports

Time to transfer outpatients needing specialized care to another hospital

Lawrence Memorial Hospital not applicable*
Kansas Average 55 minutes
National Average 59 minutes

A lower number of minutes is better.

Why is this important?

The faster patients can be transferred for specialized care, the less damage done to the heart and the better the chance of recovery.

*This measure is not applicable to Lawrence Memorial Hospital because patients remain at Lawrence Memorial Hospital for specialized heart attack care.

Time for outpatients to receive an ECG

Lawrence Memorial Hospital too small to be reliable
Kansas Average 8 minutes
National Average 7 minutes

A lower number of minutes is better.

Why is this important?

The faster an electrocardiogram (ECG) can be performed, the quicker health care providers can diagnose a heart attack.

Drugs to break up blood clots given to outpatients within 30 minutes of arrival

Lawrence Memorial Hospital not available
Kansas Average 36%
National Average 57%

Higher percentages are better.

Why is this important?

Taking drugs to dissolve blood clots can improve blood flow to the heart.

Outpatients given aspirin within 24 hours of arrival

Lawrence Memorial Hospital 100% 
Kansas Average 95%
National Average 96%

Higher percentages are better.

Why is this important?

Receiving aspirin early can decrease illness and improve chances of survival.

Fibrinolytic drugs given within 30 minutes of arrival

Lawrence Memorial Hospital not available
Kansas Average not available
National Average 58%

Higher percentages are better.

Why is this important?

Taking drugs to dissolve blood clots can improve blood flow to the heart.

Intervention provided in the Cath Lab, if needed, within 90 minutes of arrival

Lawrence Memorial Hospital 100%
Kansas Average 98%
National Average 96%

Higher percentages are better.

Why is this important?

The faster an intervention in the Cath Lab (if appropriate), the less damage done to the heart and the better the chance of recovery.

Aspirin given at discharge

Lawrence Memorial Hospital 100%
Kansas Average 99%
National Average 99%

Higher percentages are better.

Why is this important?

Aspirin therapy for patients who have suffered a heart attack can decrease illness and improve chances of survival.

Statin prescribed at discharge

Lawrence Memorial Hospital 100%
Kansas Average 99%
National Average 98%

Higher percentages are better.

Why is this important?

Prescribing statins for patients with high cholesterol who have suffered a heart attack may reduce the risk of another one.

Source: Hospital Compare, July 2012 to June 2013