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.

October 17, 2017
GWTG-Coronary Artery Disease and Mission: Lifeline for the STEMI Referring Hospital. Click here to

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 October 31- November 2nd. These quarterly calls allow Get With The Guidelines users from across the six-state SouthWest affiliate to hear recent guideline changes; ask questions; share best practices; and identify needed resources. Below are the specifics time and dates for each module.

Register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GZ97BZ2 

Call in number: 1-866-705-5204 Password 3552678

Heart Failure- Tuesday, October 31st - 8:00 AM CDT
Stroke- Tuesday, October 31st  - 12:00 PM CDT
Resuscitation- Wednesday, November 1st - 8:00 AM CDT
AFib- Wednesday, November 1st - 12:00 PM CDT
CAD- Thursday, November 2nd- 8:00 am CDT


October 9, 2017

Acute Stroke Ready Recommendations recording
September 20, 2017
GWTG-Coronary Artery Disease and Mission: Lifeline- Part 1
August Quality Exchange Recordings
Get With The Guidelines- Stroke
Get With The Guidelines- Resuscitation
Get With The Guidelines- Heart Failure
Get With The Guidelines- AFib

Transcripts for recordings available here.

August Quality Exchange Documents download here. 

Target: Stroke- 12 Key Strategies for Success, watch here.

Mission: Lifeline Celebrates 10 Years, read here.

Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke:
Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Conference info here.

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