The recognition signifies that Northern Michigan Regional Hospital has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85 percent compliance for at least 24 months to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.
“Northern Michigan Regional Hospital is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country,” said Reezie DeVet, president and chief executive officer of Northern Michigan Regional Health System. “The quick and efficient use of guideline tools has not only improved the quality of care we provide heart failure patients, but also saves lives and ultimately, reduces health care costs by lowering the recurrence of exacerbations and hospital admissions and readmissions. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
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.
Under Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while in the hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.
“The full implementation of national heart failure guideline recommended care is a critical step in preventing recurrent hospitalizations and prolonging the lives of heart failure patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, chair of the Get With The Guidelines national steering committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. “Patients are getting the right care they need when they need it. That’s resulting in improved survival.”