Timely and effective care

Timely & effective care

Timely and effective care measures, also known as “process of care” measures, show how often or how quickly hospitals give recommended treatments known to get the best results for people with certain common conditions. VHA collects this information through a Quality Improvement Organization (External Peer Review Program) or directly from electronic medical records. The tables below provide data on the following measures:

Heart attack care
  • (OP-1) Average (median) time to fibrinolysis
  • (OP-2) Outpatients with chest pain or possible heart attack who got drugs to break up blood clots within 30 minutes of arrival 
  • (OP-3B) Average (median) number of minutes before outpatients with chest pain or possible heart attack who needed specialized care were transferred to another hospital
  • (OP-4) Outpatients with chest pain or possible heart attack who received aspirin within 24 hours of arrival or before transferring from the emergency department
  • (OP-5) Average (median) number of minutes before outpatients with chest pain or possible heart attack got an ECG
Emergency department care
  • (ED-1B) Average (median) time patients spent in the emergency department, before they were admitted to the hospital as an inpatient
  • (ED-2B) Average (median) time patients spent in the emergency department, after the doctor decided to admit them as an inpatient before leaving the emergency department for their inpatient room
  • (OP-18b) Average (median) time patients spent in the emergency department before leaving from the visit
  • (OP-20) Average (median) time patients spent in the emergency department before they were seen by a healthcare professional
  • (OP-21) Average (median) time patients who came to the emergency department with broken bones had to wait before getting pain medication
  • (OP-23) Percentage of patients who came to the emergency department with stroke symptoms who received brain scan results within 45 minutes of arrival
Preventive care
  • (IMM-2) Patients assessed and given influenza vaccination
Blood clot prevention
  • (VTE-6) Patients who developed a blood clot while in the hospital who did not get treatment that could have prevented it

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