Heart Failure - 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.


Assessment Taken of Left Ventricular Function

A high number is better.

What this means

This measures the percentage of heart failure patients who have the main pumping chamber of the heart (the left ventricle) checked during their hospitalization.

Why it’s important

This in-depth evaluation of heart muscle function helps ensure the appropriate treatment when heart failure is diagnosed.

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 failure patients who receive a prescription for a medicine called an "ACE inhibitor" when they are discharged from the hospital. Most heart failure patients who take ACE inhibitor medicine have fewer symptoms, are physically better, and reduce their risk of returning to the hospital.

Why it's important

Patients with this heart problem who are prescribed this medicine generally have better outcomes.

Chart Source Data - Joint Commission #1

Discharge Instructions Given

A high number is better.

What this means

This measures how frequently a hospital documents that it has educated heart failure patients about their condition before they left the hospital.

Why it’s important

Patient education about medicines, diet, activities, and warning signs is important in order to prevent further hospitalization.

Chart Source Data - Joint Commission #1