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Heart Attack Outcomes

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On average, Summa stops heart attacks 26 minutes faster than the national standard. In fact, Summa Health System includes the only hospital in Akron or Cleveland to earn AHA designation as a Mission Lifeline Heart Attack Receiving Center.*

What are we measuring?

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Why is it important?

Discharging patients at the appropriate time is important for many reasons: in order to prevent unnecessary re-admissions, we want to make sure patients are fully prepared for discharge and stable for transfer to either home or another facility.

How are we performing?

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How are we working to improve?

The system's hospitals have instituted a number of interventions to assure appropriate lengths of stay for our patients, including: development and use of standard evidence-based order sets to guide the delivery of services on a timely basis; the use of electronic record systems to minimize delays in the transfer of pertinent information between providers and improve coordination of care; the use of care management staff, who are focused on working with medical staff and patients.

* Based on average door-to-balloon times of 43 minutes at Summa Akron City Hospital and 64 minutes at Summa Barberton Hospital, as compared to the 90-minute American Heart Association standard.