PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center
Measure: ACEI or ARB for LVSD

Time Period Ending:  12/31/2012

Rate: 82%

What We Are Doing:

The heart's ability to pump can be weakened after a Myocardial Infarction (heart attack) or from a variety of other diseases. If the damage is bad enough, it can cause "heart failure." Because of the nation-wide research we've participated in, we know that two types of drugs, ACEI and ARB, can help these patients. Our "Cardiovascular Improvement Model" team, led by a heart specialist, is part of a cooperative effort involving all PeaceHealth hospitals. They're focused on ensuring that we provide the best possible care for our patients who've had a heart attack. They educate our healthcare teams through "Physician Round Table" forums, newsletters, lectures, and caregiver meetings, and they make sure we prescribe ACEI or ARB therapy to patients when it's needed.

Our order sets for Cardiology patients not only provide quick reference sections for recommended medications, but space to alert providers in the future as to why they may be contraindicated.

We have full-time and part-time cardiologists on staff, including heart failure specialists, helping to refine our program to provide care of the highest level.

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