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When you undergo an invasive cardiac procedure, evaluating data collected by independent sources can give you confidence in your recovery. To help you do this, we voluntarily participate in programs to measure our cardiac outcomes under the auspices of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry.
National leader in cardiac outcomes
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center is a national leader in cardiac outcomes. Through our commitment to quality, we are able to increase survival and recovery rates following a cardiac event when compared with national benchmarks. Often cardiac conditions can be treated with medication and other nonsurgical options. However, if you and your physician determine that a cardiac procedure is necessary, you want to know what hospital provides the best chance of recovery.
To help you make an informed decision, we submit our outcomes to The American College of Cardiology’s CathPCI Registry, which measures outcomes of heart attack patients undergoing diagnostic catheterizations and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs). By participating in the CathPCI Registry, we can measure performance in diagnosing and treating patients against similar comparison groups and national benchmarks. The CathPCI Registry is the first nationally-validated, risk-adjusted, outcomes-based program used to measure and improve cardiac outcomes. The data they provided was used to create the measures below.
Immediate PCI time: arrival to procedure
This is the time, in minutes, from when the patient arrives at the hospital with a heart attack to when the patient is taken to the cath lab and heart cauterization is performed. A shorter time means less heart muscle will be injured.
Immediate PCI time: from referring facility to procedure
This is the time, in minutes, from when the patient with a heart attack is seen at another hospital’s emergency department, is transferred to our facility via EMS, and has the cauterization performed at our facility. A shorter time means less heart muscle will be injured.
PCI in-hospital risk-adjusted mortality rate
This is the mortality rate for all patients undergoing catheterization for a heart attack. The rate is adjusted for the degree of severity of other conditions or illnesses that the patient may also have. In other words, the rate is adjusted because some patients are sicker than others.
Percent of patients given aspirin at discharge
This is the percentage of heart attack patients who were appropriately prescribed aspirin at discharge. Aspirin is important because it helps prevent future cardiac events.
PCI stented patients given anti-platelets at discharge
This is the percentage of heart attack patients who received a stent and were appropriately prescribed an anti-clotting medication at discharge. This is important because it helps prevent future cardiac events.
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