.

Tri-City Medical Center joins “Get With The Guidelines–AFIB Program”

Tri-City Medical Center has joined the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–AFIB, a quality improvement program created to help hospital teams consistently provide the latest guideline-based treatment for patients with atrial fibrillation.

Atrial fibrillation, or AF, is a quivering or irregular heartbeat affecting more than 2.7 million Americans, and accounts for about one-third of hospitalizations for cardiac rhythm disturbance. People with AF are five times more likely to suffer a stroke and can develop blood clots, heart failure and other complications.

      The American Heart Association’s GWTG–AFIB was developed to help healthcare professionals utilize a quality improvement blueprint for how best to care for AF patients using the most up-to-date research-based guidelines.

      As a GWTG–Stroke and Heart Failure participating hospitalTri-City Medical Center is encouraged to develop a comprehensive system for providing rapid diagnosis and treatment of AF patients that includes appropriate use of safe anticoagulants to prevent stroke and heart-rate controlling medications to prevent heart failure.

      Tri-City Medical Center is also increasing its efforts to identify those patients who have AF, using GWTG-AFIB protocols for treatment, monitoring tools, and patient education.      Through GWTG–AFIB, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association provides Tri-City Medical Center training in the program’s patient management tool and the opportunity to track performance against the guidelines and national benchmarks.  

 “Tri-City Medical Center is dedicated to helping our patients with atrial fibrillation have the best possible outcomes, and implementing the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-AFIB program will help us accomplish this by making it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis,” said — Lydia Serrin, RN, MSN, Clinical Care Coordinator for the CardioVascular Health Institute. 

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »