Heart attack care

This graph shows how well we deliver medical care to heart attack patients. Our goal is to be at 100 percent—delivering best-practice care to every patient, every time.

This graph shows how often our adult heart attack patients receive all best-practice care elements for their illness. Best-practice elements are standards created using research and evidence from in-hospital patient visits. The elements provide a blueprint that health care providers nationwide follow to reliably deliver the best possible results for patients.

Heart attack care

Best-practice care for heart attack patients includes:

  • Receiving aspirin when you arrive at the hospital and again at discharge.
  • Receiving the correct medications when they're scheduled.
  • Having the right tests done at the right time.

The graph on this page compares our score to The Joint Commission National Performance Composite Score. The composite score is the total number of times patients received all the elements of care for which they were eligible divided by the total number of opportunities we had to provide the care.

Why do we measure this?

When we measure our delivery of best-practice elements, we know just how well we're taking care of our patients. We then use that information to continually improve patient care.

The best-practice elements used to create the standards are taken from research in the health care field. That research shows that when all the best practices happen, patients have better outcomes than if one or more is left out or done wrong.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission have endorsed the best-practice elements. The measures are used as national standards in most acute care hospitals in the nation. In this way, U.S. hospitals follow the same practices and are working toward the same level of care.

What are we doing to improve?

Experiencing a heart attack—or thinking you're experiencing a heart attack—can be terrifying. If you come to Salem Hospital's emergency room with chest pain, we immediately conduct a few short tests to determine if you're having a heart attack. If the tests indicate that a heart attack is taking place, we take you straight to the cath lab to remove any blockages in your heart and limit the damage to your heart.

Our goal is that these simple, lifesaving procedures are followed every single time a patient has chest pain. We are committed to making sure that all aspects of your care are consistent and coordinated.

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