Medical Center receives four Get With the Guidelines awards

October 04, 2017

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center recently received four Get with the Guidelines awards from the American Heart Association. Get With the Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines.

  • The Get With the Guidelines - Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award is for the implementations of a higher standard of care by ensuring that heart failure patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. The Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll is an initiative that provides hospitals with educational tools, prevention programs and treatment guidelines designed to reduce the risk of heart failure patients ending up back in the hospital. Hospitals are required to meet criteria that improves medication adherence, provides early follow-up care and coordination and enhances patient education.
  • The Get With the Guidelines- Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. To qualify, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.
  • The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Award is received for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients. EMS agencies perform 12-lead ECGs which measure the electrical activity of the heart and can help determine if a heart attack has occurred. They also follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines. These correct tools, training, and practices allow EMS providers to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center, and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel. 
  • The Get With the Guidelines - Resuscitation Bronze Quality Achievement Award for the Adult Patient Population recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that cardiac arrest patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. The Get With the Guidelines-Resuscitation program was developed with the goal to save lives of those who experience cardiac arrests through consistently following the most up-to-date research-based guidelines for treatment. Guidelines include following protocols for patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective and timely resuscitation and post-resuscitation care. 

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Last Updated October 04, 2017