Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

Appropriate and Timely Treatment for Heart Failure

When the heart's ability to pump blood is weakened it can result in heart failure. There are many different types of heart conditions that can cause heart failure.

LVF Assessment

What are we measuring?

Percent of heart failure patients given assessment of left ventricular function (LVF). The left ventricle is the left lower chamber of the heart. It pumps blood from the heart to the body.

Why is this important?

Hospitals perform echocardiograms to assess how the left chamber of the heart is pumping in patients with heart failure. An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. Scott & White uses this information to determine the best treatment for our heart failure patients.

Prescribing ACE Inhibitors and ARBs on Discharge

What are we measuring?

The percent of heart failure patients who were given ACE Inhibitors or ARBs for left ventricular systolic dysfunction. Left ventricular systolic dysfunction occurs when the left lower chamber of the heart does not pump as strongly as it should.

Why is this important?

Medicines known as ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) Inhibitors and ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers) are used to treat heart attacks, heart failure, and problems associated with the left side of the heart. Most heart failure patients should receive a prescription for an ACEI or ARB when they are discharged to decrease the incidence of future heart failure attacks.

Providing Discharge Instructions for Self-Management

What are we measuring?

Percent of heart failure patients given heart failure specific discharge instructions for management of symptoms.

Why is this important?

When patients are discharged from the hospital, the staff should give them information that helps them manage the symptoms of heart failure. This education should include information on medications, weight monitoring, nutrition and diet, management of symptom worsening, and contact/follow-up instructions.


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