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Quality Outcomes

The Heart Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital is ranked nationally in the top five percent for heart attack care by the American College of Cardiology. 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 how we care for people with heart attacks (acute myocardial infarction) and heart failure. We hope this information is helpful to you as you make decisions about your heart health.

Heart Attack Care Measures

Time to transfer outpatients needing specialized care to another hospital

Heart Attack Transfer Time

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

Outpatient ECG

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

Drugs to break up blood clots

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

Outpatient given aspirin in 24 hours

Why is this important?

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

Fibrinolytic drugs given within 30 minutes of arrival

Fibrinolytic drugs given within 30 minutes of arrival

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

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

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

Aspirin given at discharge

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

Statin precribed at discharge

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, April 2011 to March 2012

Heart Failure Care Measures

Detailed discharge instructions provided

Detailed discharge instructions provided

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

Left Ventricular Systolic Function of the heart evaluated

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

ACE inhibitor or ARB prescribed at discharge

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, April 2011 to March 2012