FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEWTON-WELLESLEY HOSPITAL RECEIVES RECOGNITION FROM THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION FOR TURNING GUIDELINES INTO LIFELINES
Newton, Mass. (September, 2008) —Newton-Wellesley Hospital was recognized for its achievement in implementing the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The GuidelinesSM for coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure.
The Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines Silver Performance Achievement Award in coronary artery disease, the Gold Performance Achievement Award for stroke and Silver Performance Achievement Award heart failure. This level of achievement shows Newton-Wellesley’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart disease and stroke patients.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, each year approximately 300,000 people suffer a recurrent heart attack, 5.2 million people suffer from heart failure and 700,000 people suffer a stroke.
Get With the Guidelines helps ensure that patients treated and discharged receive quality care in accordance with guidelines that will reduce the risk of secondary events. It takes advantage of the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a heart attack or stroke, when patients are most likely to listen to their health care professionals’ treatment recommendations. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.
This accomplishment signifies that NWH has reached an aggressive goal of treating coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure patients with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines and recommendations. According to GWTG treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants in the hospital, or in the case of stroke, they may receive tPA, antithrombotics and DVT prohphylaxis. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.
The Hospital has consistently and successfully implemented these quality measures, which include care maps, discharge protocols, standing orders and measurement tools. This quick and efficient use of guideline tools will enable NWH improve the quality of care it provides heart disease and stroke patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce health care costs by lowering recurrence of events.
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