Clinical Quality Report


Appropriateness of care focuses on the “right care for every patient, every time.” Care for heart attack inpatients includes all of the following indicators:

Folder: Physicians

1. Aspirin at arrival
2. Aspirin at discharge
3. ACE I or ARB for left ventricular systolic dysfunction
4. Statin at discharge
5. Beta blocker at discharge

Providing the entire bundle of care decreases mortality, re-infarction, and non-fatal strokes. The volume of patients hospitalized at Samaritan for MI care is low since the majority of patients presenting with heart attack are transferred to a tertiary care hospital for intervention in the cath lab. In 2008, Heart Attack Information regarding outpatients was required to also be submitted to CMS and Joint Commission. This OP data better reflects our volumes and treatment plans for heart attack care.