Finley Sees Improvement in Cardiac Care
Acute Myocardial Infection (AMI), more commonly known as heart attack, was the primary symptom for most cardiac catheterization cases in 2018. As heart health continues to be a concern nationally and regionally, UnityPoint Health has not only focused on education and prevention, but also better outcomes and saving lives.
“We’ve worked really closely with leaders and educators throughout the hospital to gain ground on our patient outcomes,” explains Andrea Anglin, Director of Cardiovascular Services for Finley Hospital. “And our efforts are paying off. We have really consistent, positive outcomes.”
Several education and process improvement opportunities were developed to ensure patients suffering from a heart attack have the best chance at a positive result. From implementing checklists, to education and review of policies to creation of new procedures, the data shows positive trends.
UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital reports to a national registry designed to measure and improve the quality of care provided to patients with cardiovascular events. One of those measurements, deficit-free care, is a performance measure that ensures defect free care is provided to all patients that experience an acute cardiac event. Several factors are taken into consideration in order to align with this specific measurement such as but not limited to; medications administered on arrival as well as at discharge from the facility, cardiac rehab referrals & smoking cessation advice counseling if needed. These factors are identified and endorsed by the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA). Finley’s AMI performance deficit-free care measurement has improved from 2017 to 2018.