Baptist Health Lexington was just honored with an achievement award from the American Heart Association. Which award did they receive?
The American Heart Association awarded Baptist Health Lexington with the Get With The Guidelines – AFIB Bronze Quality Achievement Award. This was given to Baptist Health due to the implementation of specific quality improvement measures outlined by the AHA guidelines for the management of patients with atrial fibrillation.
“Baptist Health Lexington is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients with atrial fibrillation by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-AFIB initiative,” said Susan Mobley, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, vice president of Cardiac Services. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”
This program was developed to assist healthcare professionals to provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines for patients with atrial fibrillation. A condition that can lead to an irregular heartbeat and potentially a stroke and other complications.
Baptist Health Lexington earned this award by meeting specific quality achievement measures at level for a designated period. Measures that include providing appropriate medications and aggressive risk reduction therapy to prevent strokes. Therapy that can help stabilize the heart rate and rhythm and treat additional heart disease. Before the patients are discharged they should receive education and counseling on managing their condition and plans on follow-up care.
“We are pleased to recognize Baptist Health Lexington for their commitment to atrial fibrillation care,” saidLee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”
More than 2.7 million adults suffer from atrial fibrillation, according to the American Heart Association. This accounts for about one-third of hospitalizations for cardiac rhythm disturbance and is also associated with a five-fold increase risk of stroke. These risks can be reduced with proper atrial fibrillation treatment.
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