Daughters Medical Center has received the Get With The GuidelinesSM–Heart Failure (GWTG–HF) Silver Performance Achievement
Award from the American Heart Association.
The recognition signifies that King’s
Daughters has achieved an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients
with 85 percent compliance for one year to core standard levels of care as
outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology
secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.
Daughters is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the
best in the country,” said Stacy Patrick, vice president, King’s Daughters
Heart and Vascular Center. “We will continue in our efforts and build off the
success of this award by continued implementation of the American Heart
Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program,” she said.
Get With The
Guidelines is a quality improvement initiative that provides hospital staff
with tools that follow proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in
caring for heart failure patients to prevent future hospitalizations.
According to GWTG–HF treatment guidelines, heart failure patients are started
on aggressive risk-reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs,
beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants in the
hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling
as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.
full implementation of national heart failure guideline recommended care is a
critical step in preventing recurrent hospitalizations and prolonging the lives
of heart failure patients,” said Gregg C Fonarow, M.D., national chairman of
the GWTG Steering Committee.
“The goal of the American Heart
Association’s Get With The Guidelines program is to help hospitals like King’s
Daughters implement appropriate evidence-based care and protocols that will
reduce disability and the number of deaths in these patients,” Fonarow said.
the American Heart Association, about 5.2 million people suffer from heart
failure. Statistics also show that each year more than 57,000 people will die
of heart failure.
GWTG–HF helps King’s Daughters develop and
implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes. The program
includes quality-improvement measures such as care maps, discharge protocols,
standing orders and measurement tools. This quick and efficient use of
guideline tools enables KDMC to improve the quality of care it provides heart
failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by
lowering hospital re-admissions.
The GWTG-HF module, developed with support from an unrestricted
educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline, is being implemented in hospitals
around the country.
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