UW Hospital Honored Again for 'Higher Standard' of Heart Attack Care

HeartMadison, Wisconsin - For the second consecutive year, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics has been awarded a Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association for implementing a "higher standard of care" for high-risk heart attack patients.


The National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) ACTION Registry "Get with the Guidelines" (GWTG) Platinum Performance Achievement Award is the highest honor possible for hospitals that followed treatment guidelines for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific measures associated with the treatment of severe heart attacks.


Some of the registry’s measurements include:

  • Critical "door to balloon" (DBT) times - or the amount of time between a patient's first entry into the hospital to the restoration of blood flow via angioplasty. So far in 2013, UW Hospital has achieved a median DBT of 39 minutes, well below the suggested target DBT of 90 minutes or less.
  • Particular medical strategies employed during patient arrival and discharge, including the use of aspirin, beta-blockers and statins, among others.
  • Post-heart attack strategies, including smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation.

"To receive this award again is a remarkable achievement," says Dr. Amish Raval, interventional cardiologist at UW Hospital. "It reinforces the fact that we are providing exceptional care along a wide range of quality measurements and ultimately demonstrates to patients that centers like ours are working hard - that the systems, people and resources are in place so patients can be assured that their care will be consistent and exceptional."


Raval says it takes a dedicated team approach to care for heart attack patients, but that the patient plays a crucial role as well. He says, "The ultimate message is 'Call 911,' " and emphasizes, "Patients need to learn to recognize symptoms and not to minimize them. Do not worry about a false alarm if you think you are having a heart attack."


The NCDR ACTION registry is an outcomes-based, quality improvement program that helps hospitals apply science-based guideline recommendations and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care for patients with coronary artery disease. The registry is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association with partnering from the American College of Emergency Physicians, Society of Chest Pain Centers and the Society of Hospital Medicine.


The award will be presented in November during the American Heart Association conference in Dallas.

Date Published: 10/04/2013

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