Heart Failure Quality Reports
A heart attack, also called acute myocardial infarction (AMI), is one of the most common diagnoses in hospitalized patients in industrialized countries. Each year approximately 1.1 million people in the United States have an acute myocardial infarction.
How is Spectrum Health performing on heart attack care?Learn more about care at the Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center and the Wege Foundation Chest Pain Center.
How does Spectrum Health compare to local hospitals?The following charts show how Spectrum Health compares to other local hospitals. These numbers come from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Hospital Compare website.
We know practice makes perfect in health care as in most of life. That's why the number or volume of procedures that a hospital or a physician performs can be a valuable yardstick of clinical quality, especially when considered alongside additional quality measures and other factors. We average just 56 minutes between a heart attack patient's arrival in our chest pain center and the start of lifesaving treatment. Nationally, the goal is 90 minutes or less. Faster is better.
What do Spectrum Health quality report cards show?
Full instructions given at discharge
The following chart shows the percentage of heart failure patients who received written instructions or educational material at hospital discharge about activity level, diet, medications, follow-up care, weight monitoring and what to do if symptoms worsen. Higher percentages are better.
Why does this matter? Heart failure is a chronic condition. All patients going home from the hospital need to know how to stay well and when to contact their doctor.
Left ventricular function systolic assessment
The following chart shows the percentage of heart failure patients who had their left ventricular systolic (LVS) function evaluated.
Why does this matter? Assessment of left ventricular systolic (LVS) function is the most important diagnostic test in the management of patients with heart failure. It helps the doctor determine how to treat your condition.
Patients who received ACEI or ARB for left ventricular systolic dysfunction
The following chart shows the percentage of heart failure patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction who received antiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) and antiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB). Higher percentages are better.
Why does this matter? ACEI or ARB inhibitors help the blood vessels relax, making it easier for the heart to pump blood and decreasing the workload of the heart. Your doctor will decide if this treatment is appropriate for you and, if so, which medication to prescribe.
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Quality Report Card Data Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide timely and accurate data for your consideration. It is possible that The Joint Commission Core Measures values gathered from other public sources are constructed with a different time frame.