Performance Measures: Heart Failure

Heart failure is a weakening of the heart's ability to adequately pump blood through the bloodstream, resulting in a lack of oxygen and nutrients supplied to vital organs. Care measures shown to have a positive impact on obtaining the best possible patient outcome are:

  • Heart Failure Patients Given Discharge Instructions
  • Heart Failure Patients Given an Evaluation of Left Ventricular Systolic (LVS) Function
  • Heart Failure Patients Given ACE Inhibitor or ARB for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction (LVSD)
  • Heart Failure Patients Given Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling

How We Compare

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RRMC: Riverside Regional Medical Center
RWRH: Riveside Walter Reed Hospital
RTH: Riverside Tappahannock Hospital
SHORE: Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital

What Is Measured
The percent of heart failure patients who received specific discharge instructions on matters such as recommended activity, diet, prescriptions, appointments, onset of potential symptoms and when to seek emergency medical help.

Why It's important
Heart failure is a chronic condition with symptoms that must be properly managed on an ongoing basis. When patients understand and follow instructions for managing these symptoms, they reduce their risk of being re-admitted to the hospital for heart failure.

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RRMC: Riverside Regional Medical Center
RWRH: Riveside Walter Reed Hospital
RTH: Riverside Tappahannock Hospital
SHORE: Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital

What Is Measured
The percent of eligible heart failure patients for whom an evaluation was conducted determining how well the left side of the heart was able to pump blood.

Why It's important
Heart failure can occur in different areas of the heart and proper treatment depends on what area of heart is affected. A left ventricular systolic (LVS) function assessment checks how well the left side of the heart is pumping. It is typically one of several tests that are conducted.

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RRMC: Riverside Regional Medical Center
RWRH: Riveside Walter Reed Hospital
RTH: Riverside Tappahannock Hospital
SHORE: Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital

What is Measured
The percent of eligible heart failure patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) who received an "ACE"(angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitor or "ARB" (angiotensin receptor blocker) on discharge.

Why It's important
ACE inhibitors and ARBs are prescription medicines that block a hormone in the body known to cause a narrowing of blood vessels. These medications help lower blood pressure so that the strain on the heart is reduced. Prescribing ACE inhibitors and ARBs to patients who have had heart failure or who have reduced heart function may significantly reduce the risk of a heart attack.

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RRMC: Riverside Regional Medical Center
RWRH: Riveside Walter Reed Hospital
RTH: Riverside Tappahannock Hospital
SHORE: Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital
(1) The number of cases is too small to be sure how well this hospital is performing.

What Is Measured
For heart failure patients that smoke, the percent who were given information or counseling to help them stop smoking.

Why It's Important
Smoking increases the risk of blood clots, thickened arteries and narrowing blood vessels, increasing the risk for a heart attack, heart failure, or stroke. Patients who receive medical advice or counseling about the benefits of stopping to smoke are more likely to quit than those who do not.

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RRMC: Riverside Regional Medical Center
RWRH: Riveside Walter Reed Hospital
RTH: Riverside Tappahannock Hospital
SHORE: Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital

What is Measured
The rate of readmission to a hospital reflects whether patients were re-hospitalized within 30 days, for any reason related or unrelated to heart failure, following discharge. The chart above compares how Riverside performs when compared to the US National readmission rate.

Why It's Important
Post discharge care and instructions, when followed, are important factors in helping patients avoid readmission to the hospital for heart failure or related complications.

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RRMC: Riverside Regional Medical Center
RWRH: Riveside Walter Reed Hospital
RTH: Riverside Tappahannock Hospital
SHORE: Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital

What is Measured
"30-Day Mortality" measures the percent of patients who die for any reason, including unrelated conditions, within 30 days of their admission to a hospital. The chart above compares how Riverside performs when compared to the US National rate.

Why It's Important
Post heart failure care and appropriate discharge instructions, when followed, are important factors in helping patients avoid heart failure complications or death. 


 

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