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Frequency of Adhering to Established Guidelines for the Following Conditions:

  • Flu & Pneumonia Vaccine - Guidelines include assessment /recommendation of patients to the pneumonia and flue vaccine. This includes age related and high risk diagnosis criteria.
  • Heart Attack - Guidelines include medications given at hospital arrival, during hospitalization, and at discharge, as well as the timing of emergent procedures.
  • Heart Failure - Guidelines include appropriate medications, evaluation of heart function, and discharge instructions.
  • Pneumonia (Arrived at the hospital with pneumonia) - Guidelines include timing of blood cultures performed and appropriate antibiotic selection.
  • Surgical Care - Guidelines include choosing the right time and type of antibiotics to give to the patient pre-operation, as well as the time antibiotics are ended after the operation, along with urinary catheter usage, prevention of blood clots, and blood sugar (glucose) monitoring in cardiac surgery patients.

Risk of Developing One of the Following Conditions During Your Hospitalization:

  • Aspiration Pneumonia - Inflammation of the lungs caused by breathing in foreign material - typically food, liquid, or oral secretions.
  • Clostridium Difficile (C.diff) - Serious bacterial infection in the colon causing severe diarrhea.
  • Central Line Infections - Central intravenous (IV) line – Associated blood stream infection caused by improper insertion and/or maintenance of the catheter.
  • Decubitus Ulcer - Pressure ulcer or “bedsore” that develops most commonly in less mobile or incontinent patients, as well as those with poor nutritional status and certain medical conditions that increase risk.
  • Pneumonia & Other Lung Infections - Infections of the lungs developing greater than 48 hours after admission often associated with ventilator use or after certain surgical procedures.
  • Post-Operative Infection - An unplanned infection after surgery.
  • Postoperative Blood - The sudden onset of a blockage of an artery in the lung or the development of a clot in an extremity (most often lower leg and thigh) after surgery.  Immobility, obesity, fracture, surgery and family history all increase risk.
  • Postoperative Sepsis - A severe response to bacteria or other germs in the body after surgery causing multi-organ inflammatory response leading to shock
  • Transfusion Reaction - Receiving the wrong blood type.