OGHS Exceeds National Best Practices for Cardiac Stinting (PCI) Procedures


Opelousas General Health System Exceeds National Best Practices for Cardiac Stinting
(PCI) Procedures

Opelousas, LA, 11/05/15, Since January of 2012, when hospitals were required to report measures on percutaneous intervention (PCI) to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Opelousas General Health System has been keeping a close eye on this quality measure.

CMS requires that from the moment a patient presents to the emergency room with chest pain from a Myocardial Infarction, (MI), commonly known as a heart attack from an obstructed vessel, until the blocked vessel is cleared via balloon or stent in the catheterization lab, best practices indicate that it should take no longer than 90 minutes to sustain the least amount of damage to the heart.

In 2012, this practice became widely monitored and a multi-disciplinary team of physicians and cardiac clinicians was formed to work toward developing improvement.  It was identified that several opportunities existed for timely performance.  The team worked collaboratively on the implementation of this strategic time management approach and as of September 30th of this year, OGHS has achieved a measure of 58.5 minutes, which far exceeds the national benchmark for this quality measure. 

“To know that our expert team of emergency and cardiac professionals performs at such exceptional levels is a great reassurance for our community. We want them to trust that we can take care of them, right here at home, equally, and in most cases, better than our regional competitors,” said Ken Cochran, President/CEO of Opelousas General Health System.  “Surpassing the national standard and providing this service to our patients achieves the ultimate goal of allowing patients to return to normal activity with the least amount of irreversible damage to their heart,” he added. 


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