Improvement Resources for the CME Professional

January 4, 2011 at 7:29 pm Leave a comment

New Guidelines Ensure High Level of Quality in Echo Labs
American Society of Echocardiography first to outline specific criteria to ensure process quality

MORRISVILLE, N.C., Jan. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) released a set of recommendations and measurable standards for quality in the echocardiography laboratory today. The recommendations for quality echocardiography laboratory operations will be published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE). Read More:

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Can We Take Continuous Quality Improvement to the Next Level?

by Timothy J. Gardner, MD

From the Center for Heart and Vascular Health, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE, and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.

This present report clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of a straightforward CQI intervention, ensuring that patients received appropriate discharge medications after CABG.2 Some would dispute the authors’ characterization of this intervention as “low intensity.” In fact, it is a serious intervention, because coronary atherosclerosis is a lifetime illness. Established coronary artery disease requires effective secondary prevention measures after bypass surgery to sustain cardiac improvement and lasting health. The authors accurately describe the occasion of discharge instruction for CABG patients as a teachable moment. Unfortunately, in our compartmentalized healthcare delivery system, some cardiac patients do not receive a full lesson plan on how to deal with their coronary artery disease, even after CABG surgery. Many patients leave the hospital without . . .
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The Improvement Guide by Gerald Langley and others. Jossey-Bass. 1966.

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