Get With The Guidelines treatment standards show improved patient outcomes.
UC Irvine Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that UC Irvine Health has achieved the goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.
This marks the third year the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program has recognized UC Irvine Health with this quality achievement award.
“UC Irvine Health is committed to improving the lives of heart failure patients,” said Dr. Dawn Lombardo, director of the hospital’s heart failure program. “The American Heart Association’s recognition of this commitment demonstrates that our patients can expect to receive the latest standards of care for treating heart failure.”
Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure helps staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a Web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.
The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce health care costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks.
The American Heart Association bestows the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award on hospitals that reach an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with at least 85 percent compliance for two consecutive years with AHA-specified standards of care for heart failure patients. UC Irvine Medical Center’s composite compliance rate for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 was 97.1 percent. The “Plus” designation is for hospitals that achieve 75 percent or higher adherence to four of the nine AHA-specified quality measures; UC Irvine achieved a composite compliance of 94 percent.