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Updated Quality Data - Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure is a chronic condition in which the heart’s function as a pump is inadequate to meet the body’s requirements. Because the ‘pump’ is failing, it can cause blood to “back up” which results in congestion. Congestion leads to fluid build up in the lungs and other body tissues.

The goal in treating heart failure is to understand the level of ‘pump failure’ through certain tests, and then to treat the condition using drugs that are very effective in assisting the heart to pump better. Another treatment goal is make sure patients eat a healthy diet which will reduce fluid build up in the body’s tissues, and to be well educated around the signs and symptoms of congestion.

About the data below:
Below you will find graphs reporting on NMC's performance in the Core Measures relating to Heart Failure. Above each graph (or sections of graphs), you'll also find helpful definitions and information that can help you understand the data presented. In the upper right-hand corner of each, you will notice a colored block-- this is our "stop-light" system for a quick glance at how we are doing: Green = Meeting Identified Goal of 100% Compliance for Most Current Month; Red = Not Meeting Identified Goal of 100% for Most Current Month; No Color Indicates No Data for the Current Month (it is not unusual for a small hospital to have "no data" on a particular indicator due to the small number of cases seen at the facility).


Heart Failure Appropriate Care Measures:
Data current through October 2013

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS (7 graphs relating to different areas of Discharge Instructions)

  • * a higher score is better

What does this mean:
The percentage of patients that receive the patient education booklet and instructions about heart failure management at the time of discharge from the hospital.
Why this is important:
Heart failure is a chronic condition that can result in different symptoms such as shortness of breath , dizziness and water weight gain. Before discharge, the staff at the hospital should provide you with education materials to help you manage these potential symptoms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEFT VENTRICULAR FUNCTION (LVF) ASSESSMENT

  • * A higher score is better

What does this mean:
The percentage of patients given an LVF assessment.
Why this is important:
The proper treatment for heart failure must account for what area of your heart is affected. With heart failure, the pumping mechanism is affected and an important test to assess the pumping ability of your heart is the ‘left ventricular function assessment’. The results of this test will tell your provider how well your heart is pumping.

 

ACE INHIBITOR, or ARB PRESCRIBED FOR LVSD (left ventricular systolic dysfunction):  

  • * A higher number is better

What this means:
ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors and ARBs(angiotensin receptor blockers) are medicines used in Heart attack, high blood pressure and heart failure.  They are also frequently used for a condition called ‘systolic dysfuntion’, which is A decrease in the function of the left side of the heart. This measure shows the percentage of heart attack patients prescribed these drugs at discharge from hospital.  Heart attack patients are prescribed this medicine to help improve the pumping of the heart.
Why this is important:
Patients who have had heart attacks can have better results if they take this medicine.