Best Practices Center Heart Failure

Updated:Oct 12,2016

The best practices included in this section support quality hospital care for heart failure patients at Get With The Guidelines® participating hospitals.

These documents have been provided to the American Heart Association by the below hospitals as examples of heart failure best practices.  These documents are available only to give you an idea of how some hospitals might use discharge heart failure best practices. By including this document on its Web site, the American Heart Association does not represent that these documents are complete, accurate or efficacious, or that it follows all of the American Heart Association guidelines for secondary and primary prevention of cardiovascular events or stroke. Hospitals should design their own heart failure best practices based on their own procedures and professional experience.


I.    Enhancing HF care utilizing the EMR

II.    Protocol for Identifying 100 percent of HF Patients and Initiating Appropriate Quality Protocols   (time out process)   

III.    MD and Staff Compliance through Strict Accountability

IV.    Implementing Mandatory use of Order Sets

V.    100% Compliance with HF Discharge; the clinical and economic impact