Iredell Health System has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing
specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American
College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines
for patients with heart failure.
“Iredell Health System is dedicated to improving the quality of care
for our heart failure patients, and implementing the American Heart Association’s
Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program helps us to accomplish
this goal by tracking and measuring our success in meeting internationally-respected
guidelines,” said Becky Quate, RN, Vice President of Nursing and
Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure is a quality improvement program
that helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based
guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions
for heart failure patients. Launched in 2005, numerous published studies
have demonstrated the program’s success in achieving patient outcome
improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions.
Iredell Health System earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement
measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at
a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation
of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction
therapies. These would include ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics,
anticoagulants and other appropriate therapies. Before patients are discharged,
their follow-up visit is scheduled, they receive education on managing
their heart failure as well as their overall health.