CoxHealth receives American Heart Association’s Silver Quality Achievement Award
For immediate release
May 1, 2012
CoxHealth has received the Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that CoxHealth has reached an aggressive goal of consistently treating heart failure patients for one year with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.
According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show that, each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure.
“CoxHealth is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country. We’re building off the success of this award by continuing to implement the Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure program,” said Becky Watts, administrative director of CoxHealth Cardiovascular Services.
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 Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure 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.
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