Heart Attack/AMI - Clinical Data

Clinical measures have been identified by The Joint Commission as being important indicators of care quality.  A process of care measure shows how often hospitals give recommended treatments that are known to get the best results for patients.  Risk-adjusted mortality measures are a quality indicator of hospital performance.


Aspirin Given at Arrival

A high number is better.

What this means

This measures the percentage of heart attack patients who receive aspirin within 24 hours of arrival at the hospital.

Why it’s important

Aspirin is beneficial because it improves survival rates by reducing the tendency of blood to clot in heart vessels.

Chart Source Data - Joint Commission #1

 

Aspirin Prescribed at Discharge

A high number is better.

What this means

This measures how often aspirin was prescribed to heart attack patients when they are leaving a hospital.

Why it’s important

Aspirin is beneficial because it improves survival rates by reducing the tendency of blood to clot in heart vessels.

Chart Source Data - Joint Commission #1

 

ACE Inhibitor, or ARB, Prescribed for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction

A high number is better.

What this means

This measures the number of heart attack patients who receive a prescription for a medicine called an ACE inhibitor when they are discharged from the hospital. Heart attack patients are prescribed this medicine to improve the heart’s ability to pump blood.

Why it’s important

Heart attack patients who receive this medicine generally have better outcomes.

Chart Source Data - Joint Commission #1

 

Beta Blocker Prescribed at Discharge

A high number is better.

What this means

This measures the percentage of heart attack patients who were given a medicine called a beta blocker when leaving the hospital.

Why it’s important

This treatment has been shown to reduce further heart damage in heart attack patients.

Chart Source Data - Joint Commission #1