Treating heart-attack patients
We look at several factors -- from aspirin to smoking-cessation advice -- to determine a performance score to measure how we treat heart-attack patients.
* Latest national data available (through 2011). National data is presented yearly
How we determine our score: We track the percentage of our patients who receive care according to these national standards and combine those percentages for an overall average or performance score. The standards are:
The number of heart-attack patients who receive aspirin within 24 hours of arriving at the hospital. Aspirin can be critical to preventing blood clots.
- The number of heart-attack patients who are prescribed aspirin at hospital discharge.
- Beta blockers:
- The number of heart-attack patients who are prescribed beta blockers upon discharge. Beta blockers can help reduce high blood pressure and complications from a heart attack.
- The number of heart-attack patients who receive a beta blocker within 24 hours of hospital arrival.
- Blood thinners: The number of heart-attack patients who receive blood-thinning medication within 30 minutes of arrival at the hospital.
- Percutaneous coronary intervention: The number of heart-attack patients who receive percutaneous coronary intervention within 90 minutes upon arrival at the hospital. This procedure can open up blood vessels to prevent a heart attack
- Medications: The number of heart-attack patients with symptoms of heart failure or decreased heart function who receive specific medications for those symptoms.
- Smoking: The number of heart-attack patients who are provided education during their stay about how to stop smoking.