QI in the SouthWest Affiliate

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How can hospitals improve adherence to evidence-based treatment guidelines for AFIB patients? Learn how Get With The Guidelines-AFIB approaches the challenge.

What We Do

We work to improve the quality of patient care and narrow the gaps and disparities of heart disease and stroke care by converting scientific research into treatment guidelines. These evidence based guidelines are the cornerstone of our quality initiatives that provide tools and resources to help healthcare providers consistently follow these guidelines. Our quality initiatives also play an essential role in developing guidelines of the future. Quality modules function as registries, tracking and measuring patient treatment and outcomes. That information is collected into vast databases from which new research findings make major contributions to the future of heart disease and stroke care. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognizes hospitals for their success in using our programs to improve quality of care for heart disease and stroke patients through a national awards program. 
Research shows that when medical professionals apply the most up-to-date, evidenced-based treatment guidelines, patient outcomes improve. Our comprehensive suite of quality programs helps translate our guidelines and statements into programs that healthcare providers implement to reduce the devastation of heart disease and stroke.

Are you ready to improve quality at your hospital? Find your local Quality & Systems Improvement staff here.

For past webinar recordings click here.

Recorded webinars and program resources

December 12, 2017
Resuscitation Science Update. Click here to register.

January 8, 2018
Stroke Research: Lone Star Stroke Consortium with Dr. Mark Goldberg & Dr. Steven Warach. Click here to

March 5, 2018
Oklahoma Trauma & Emergency Response Stroke System with Dr. Tim Cathey. Click here to

May 21, 2018
Model for Statewide Rural Outreach for Hyper-Acute Stroke Treatment with Dr. Margaret Tremwel & Rene Joiner. Click here to
register .

*These educational events are being shared by the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association but may be offered by other organizations and/or industry sponsored. This listing is not intended as an endorsement of any particular event or product, it is simply our intention to increase awareness of educational opportunities that may be of interest. Please send your own event listings to swaquality@heart.org.

Please join us for the NEW, Get With The Guidelines®, Quality Exchange to be held in January 30th- February 1st. Specific times and dates listed below. Register by clicking on the module name.

Heart Failure- Tuesday, January 30th at 8:00 am (CST)
Stroke- Tuesday, January 30th at 12:00 pm (CST)
Resuscitation- Wednesday, January 31st at 8:00 am (CST)
AFib- Wednesday, January 31st at 12:00 am (CST)
CAD- Thursday, February 1st at 8:00 am (CST)


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