QI in the SouthWest Affiliate

Get With the Guidelines programs help ensure hospitals are reliably applying the most recent AHA scientific guidelines which are designed to ensure every patient gets the right care every time. Healthcare systems, hospitals, hospital teams, and physician practices that provide consistent evidence based care and demonstrate required compliance earn awards in four areas, as well as hospital certifications and accreditations.

We also launched Mission: Lifeline, our nationwide initiative to improve treatment for victims of what’s called ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, or STEMI. When someone has this kind of heart attack, blood flow to a portion of the heart is completely blocked, and immediate treatment is critical to survival. The goal of Mission: Lifeline is to decrease STEMI deaths and improve the quality of care for all survivors. To register for Mission: Lifeline and the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines- CAD registry visit GWTG-CAD/Mission: Lifeline. 

 Our programs further our impact in hospitals and communities and help us and you drive towards continuous quality improvement. Our comprehensive suite of programs can help you advance farther and faster in the quest for ever-better care.

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Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition
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  • 911 Awareness Webinar Slides(1/14/15)
  • The Vital Role of the STEMI Referral Center - Part 1 of 2  Slides
  • The Vital Role of the STEMI Referral Center - Part 2 of 2 Slides
  • Target Stroke Elite and Elite Plus Slides (5/13/15)
  • Heart Failure Best Practices
    Slides  (5/28/15)
  • Best Practices for Achieving Target: Stroke Elite and Elite Plus Recognition (9/10/15) Slides
  • Highest Impact Cardiac Studies (12/7/15) Slides and Video
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  • Tic Toc We Don't Stroke- Stroke Webinar Slides and Video (5/17/16)
  • Stroke Scales for LVO Slides and Video (5/26/16)
  • Stroke in Pregnant and Post-Partum Populations Slides and Video (5/27/16)
  • Stroke in Children and Young Adults Slides and Video (6/24/16)



*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.

Watch Hands-Only CPR in Action

Learn why it’s important to act quickly and the two easy steps to saving a life in the event of an emergency.
The American Heart Association's Activity Tracker, Walking Paths application and On-Demand Reporting Center will be retired September 30th, 2015.