Core measures are used to track a variety of evidence-based and heavily researched standards of care that have been shown to improve clinical outcomes for patients. Our core measures of care measure the quality of our services for heart attack, heart failure, community acquired pneumonia and surgical care infection prevention. Compliance with these measures is part of our effort to assure that Hillsdale Hospital is providing the right and/or recommended care based on scientific evidence.
The core measures provide information about the care you as a patient should receive when you arrive at the hospital, while you are here and instructions for your care after discharge. Improving these areas of care means you’re more likely to have a better health outcome.
Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI), commonly known as a heart attack, happens when the blood supply to part of the heart is cut off, causing some of the heart cells to die. AMI is often the result of plaque breaking off the artery walls and causing a blockage in the coronary artery. Untreated, AMI can lead to the damage and/or death of heart muscle tissue.
For more information on heart attack and the signs and symptoms to look for, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Heart Failure is a condition where a problem with the structure or function of the heart makes it unable to pump enough blood to meet all the needs of the body. Heart failure is not the same as a heart attack, but it can be the result of a heart attack.
For more information about heart failure, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Community Acquired Pneumonia is an inflammatory disease of the lungs. It is caused mainly by viruses, bacteria or a combination of both, but can also be caused by inhaling food, liquid, gases or dust and by fungi. Certain diseases, such as tuberculosis, can also cause pneumonia. Pneumonia is a common illness which occurs in all age groups, and is a leading cause of death among the elderly and people who are chronically and terminally ill. There are vaccines available to prevent certain types of pneumonia. Typical symptoms associated with pneumonia include cough, chest pain, fever, and difficulty breathing.
For fast facts on pneumonia, including vaccination information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
For more information about pneumonia, including tips on prevention and vaccination, visit the American Lung Association website.