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Quality Outcomes

We improve quality in all areas of cardiovascular care by continually collecting and analyzing care data. Our Heart Center consistently meets and exceeds national guidelines for quality heart care.

Review the quality measures below and learn more about heart attack treatment (acute myocardial infarction) and congestive heart failure treatment. We hope this information is helpful to you as you make decisions about your heart health.

Heart Attack Treatment Measures

Time to transfer outpatients needing specialized care to another hospital

Lawrence Memorial Hospital Not applicable*
Kansas Average 70 minutes
National Average 58 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 0 minutes
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 45%
National Average 60%

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 97%

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 20%
National Average 57%

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 94%
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 99%

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 2013 through June 2014

Heart Failure Care Measures

Detailed discharge instructions provided

Lawrence Memorial Hospital 100%
Kansas Average 88%
National Average 95%

Higher percentages are better.

Why is this important?

It is important for heart failure patients to know how to take care of themselves. Carefully following discharge instructions can lead to improved health results and a reduced need to return to the hospital.

Left Ventricular Systolic Function of the heart evaluated

Lawrence Memorial Hospital 100%
Kansas Average 94%
National Average 99%

Higher percentages are better.

Why is this important?

It is important to assess the left ventricular function of the heart in order to choose the appropriate heart failure medications to promote health, prevent illness and reduce the risk of death.

ACE inhibitor or ARB prescribed at discharge

Lawrence Memorial Hospital 100%
Kansas Average 95%
National Average 97%

Higher percentages are better.

Why is this important?

ACE inhibitors and ARBs have been found effective at reducing illness and death in heart failure patients with Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction of the heart.

Source: Hospital Compare, July 2013 through June 2014