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.

The SouthWest Affiliate's Quality & Systems Improvement Department is pleased to launch a virtual Stroke Coordinator Boot Camp. This exciting series will consist of 15 weekly, one-hour lectures. CEUs will be awarded for each session completed. The goal of this series is to educate Stroke Coordinators in key components of their role, provide tools and resources to build and maintain successful programs, and to assist in building a large network of peers. Click here for a list of dates, topics and speakers.

Registration links here.
Other Education Offerings:

November 10 &11, Stroke Certified Registered Nurse Certification Review Course- 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 July 31- August 2nd. Specific times and dates listed below. Register by clicking on the module name.

Heart Failure- Tues, July 31 at  8:00 am (CDT)
Stroke- Tues. July 31st at  2:00 pm (CDT)
Resuscitation- Weds, Aug 1 at 8:00 am (CDT)
AFib- Weds, Aug 1 at 12:00 pm (CST)
CAD- Thurs, Aug 2 at  CAD (CST)


Recorded webinars and program resources