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Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) Outcomes

One of Lexington Medical Center’s (LMC) goals for many years has been to be able to provide a full range of cardiac care to the community. LMC is now this region’s only Heart Center that is affiliated with Duke Heart Center, ranked in the top 10 programs nationally for cardiovascular care.

The LMC Cardiovascular Committee, an interdisciplinary committee, in collaboration with Duke Heart Center developed the program for the care of the cardiovascular surgery patient at LMC. In preparation for the program, the Duke Heart Center provided quality hands-on education for our nurses, clinical specialists, the cardiovascular OR team, and other disciplines on the care of the cardiovascular patient and their families.

On March 28, 2012, the Lexington Medical Heart Center performed its first open heart surgery. Now, four years later, our surgical team has performed over 1100 cardiovascular procedures. Through the Cardiovascular Committee, the Center for Best Practice department at LMC and Duke Heart Center, there is continual process improvement. We monitor 100% of the cardiac surgery patients, benchmarking ourselves nationally and identifying any opportunities for improvement. There is also continual education for staff from LMC and from Duke Heart Center, not only for cardiac surgery, but for all cardiac care.

Lexington Medical Center participates in the Society for Thoracic Surgery (STS) Registry which, as shown below, continues to validate Lexington Medical Center’s excellent patient outcomes compared to other programs in the nation.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)
National Adult Cardiac Surgery Database
Volume of CABG Procedures at LMC
Aortic and Mitral Valve Replacement (AVR and MVR) procedures not included

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)
National Adult Cardiac Surgery Database
CABG Intra-operative/Post-operative Blood Products Used
(Lower Percentages are Better)

Perioperative bleeding requiring the need for blood transfusion is common during cardiac operations, especially those that require cardiopulmonary bypass . Interventions aimed at decreasing the need for blood products improves patient’s short and long-term outcomes. LMC has consistently maintained lower than average usage of blood products.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)
National Adult Cardiac Surgery Database
Discharged to Home Following CABG Procedures
(Higher Percentages are Better)

After a coronary artery bypass graft procedure (CABG), many patients across the nation need to be discharged to a transitional care/rehab facility or a nursing home for additional care. At LMC, the majority of our patients are able to be discharged to their home.

TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement)

Lexington Medical Center has continued to build its heart program by offering a variety of new services. In May of 2014, LMC began to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement, known as TAVR, with a team of board-certified physicians and clinicians. This state-of-the-art cardiovascular technology allows doctors to replace the aortic valve in high-risk patients without open heart surgery.

Lexington Medical Center participates in the Society for Thoracic Surgery (STS) and American College of Cardiology (ACC)’s national TAVR Registry which, as shown below, continues to validate Lexington Medical Center’s excellent patient outcomes compared to the TAVR programs in the nation.

STS/ACC TVT Registry
Volume of Transcatheter Aortic Valve (TAVR) Replacement Procedures

STS/ACC TVT Registry
Length of Stay
(Lower Numbers are Better)

It has been a goal of LMC’s TAVR program to enable our patients to return home as quickly as possible after this procedure. LMC has consistently performed better than the National Average in achieving this positive outcome.

STS/ACC TVT Registry
Discharged to Home
(Higher Percentages are Better)

After the TAVR procedure is completed, many patients across the nation have to be discharged to a rehab facility or a nursing home for additional care. At LMC, the majority of our patients are able to be discharged to their home.

Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) (also known as Heart Attack)
ST elevated MI (STEMI) and Non-ST elevated MI (NSTEMI)

National guidelines recommend standards for treatment of STEMI and NSTEMI patients. In 2015 Lexington Medical Center received the Platinum Performance Achievement Award for our patient outcomes for the second year in a row. In 2016, Lexington Medical Center received the Gold Performance Achievement Award for our patient outcomes related to STEMI Care as a Receiving Hospital from the American Heart Association.

Minutes matter with a heart attack since time is muscle. Anyone experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack should contact 911 immediately. Our Cardiovascular Action Team meets quarterly discussing processes, outcomes and identifying opportunities for improvement.

As a Duke Medical Center Affiliate, we benchmark our efforts against the best healthcare centers in the nation.

2015 Platinum Performance Achievement Award - ACTION Registry-GWTG2016 Mission LifelineBlue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care

When a patient has a heart attack, it is imperative to minimize the amount of heart muscle damage. By getting the patient to the catheterization lab within 90 minutes, physicians and hospital teams ensure the best outcome for their heart attack patients.

Proportion of STEMI Patients receiving Catheterization within 90 Minutes
(Higher is better)

One proven way to ensure the best outcomes for heart attack patients is to help them reduce their risk factors for additional cardiac events. Tobacco use is a major risk factor for heart disease. By educating heart attack patients to stop smoking, Lexington Medical Center is helping to reduce the patient’s risk of further cardiac events.

Adult Smoking Cessation Counseling
(Higher is better)

Not all heart attack patients require coronary intervention. When this occurs, physicians optimize the patient’s medicines without adding the risks of an invasive procedure. Making sure that medically treated heart attack patients are discharged on appropriate medications is essential to improving the patient’s outcome.

Patients who Receive Appropriate Anti-Platelet
Medication for Medically Treated Heart Attacks
(Higher is better)

Heart Failure (HF) Readmissions

Nationally nearly one in 5 patients discharged from hospitals are readmitted within 30 days which is also mirrored in SC. According to the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC), up to 76% of these re-hospitalizations within 30 days in the Medicare population could be avoided.

Source: Hospital Compare Reporting Period 7/11 - 6/14

One of Lexington Medical Center’s goals is preparing our HF patients for a safe transition home with the desired outcome of preventing the need for readmission. Some strategies to meet this goal are a dedicated Social Worker on Progressive Coronary Unit (PCU), increasing referrals to Home Health Services, providing digital scales to patients on admission for use while hospitalized reinforcing patient education, scheduling early follow-up appointments, follow-up phone calls within 72 hours of discharge by Social Worker, and identifying and connecting patients with a primary care physician.

In the spring of 2014 and 2015, Lexington Medical Center received a grant from our Lexington Medical Center Foundation to provide 20 hours of non-medical in-home assistance to community dwelling individuals with a known diagnosis of heart failure who are at high risk for readmission for up to 30 days after discharge from an acute care hospital stay. Lexington Medical Center has contracted with a non-medical home care agency to provide this transitional support. Patients must meet all eligibility requirements to qualify for this service. This program is used in conjunction with all other discharge planning activities that are applicable to the individual patient’s needs, including home health services, durable medical equipment, pharmaceutical assistance programs, and referral to other community programs.

Our method of patient education, Teach-Back, is very effective and powerful. This method is a way to confirm that we have explained to the patient what they need to know in a manner that they understand. Patient understanding is confirmed when they explain the information back to the staff member.

Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections

Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) result in thousands of deaths each year and billions of dollars in added costs to the U.S. healthcare system. LMC is committed to reducing our central line infections through a variety of mechanisms.

What is a central line?

A central line (also known as a central venous catheter) is a catheter (tube) that doctors often place in a large vein in the neck, chest, or groin to give medication or fluids or to collect blood for medical tests. Intravenous catheters (also known as IVs) are used frequently to give medicine or fluids into a vein near the skin’s surface (usually on the arm or hand), for short periods of time.

What is a central line-associated bloodstream infection?

A central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) is a serious infection that occurs when germs (usually bacteria or virus) enter the bloodstream through the central line. Patients who get a CLABSI have a fever, and might also have red skin and soreness around the central line. If this happens, healthcare providers can do tests to learn if there is an infection present.

What are some of the things that healthcare providers at Lexington Medical Center are doing to prevent CLABSI?

Healthcare providers at Lexington Medical Center have taken the following steps to help prevent CLABSI’s:

  • Lexington Medical Center follows CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommended central line insertion and maintenance practices to prevent infection when the central line is placed, including: Perform hand hygiene, apply appropriate skin antiseptic, ensure that the skin prep agent has completely dried before inserting the central line.
  • We have several types of central line catheters coated with antimicrobial infection protection available.
  • We use maximal sterile barrier precautions during insertion (sterile gloves, sterile gown, cap, mask and large sterile drape).
  • Once the central line is in place our staff follows recommended CDC central line maintenance practices.
  • We bathe all central line patients with antiseptic impregnated cloths to further reduce risk of infection.
  • We remove a central line as soon as it is no longer needed.

Lexington Medical Center closely monitors patients with central lines. Interdisciplinary health care teams carefully evaluate clinical practice issues and infection outcome data. Lexington Medical Center reports CLABSI data to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), a secure Centers for Disease Control managed data reporting system. This data is shared with health consumers through the SD DHEC Hospital Acquired Infection Website as well as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Quality website.

2015 Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections

Reducing Early Elective Deliveries PC-01

According to the National Quality Forum, for almost 3 decades, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have had in place a standard requiring 39 completed weeks gestation prior to elective delivery, either vaginal or operative.

Studies have shown that babies delivered prior to 39 weeks gestation have higher rates of mortality, and longer stays in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

PC-01 is aimed at lowering the number of elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation, unless there is a medical reason why it is safer for the mother and/or baby to be delivered early.

Early Elective Delivery Rates 37 to 39
Completed Weeks of Gestation
(Lower is better)

Newborn Metabolic Screenings

South Carolina newborns receive metabolic screenings to detect conditions that can lead to death or disability.

Lexington Medical Center has participated in a collaborative initiative with DHEC and the SCHA since February 2014 to improve the birth outcomes in our state by strengthening the newborn screening program and improving the collection of the newborn screens and their delivery to the DHEC State Lab for processing.

The name of the initiative: On Time, Every Time. Goal: Timing of the collection is to be between 24-48 hours of age for the infant and all specimens to be sent to DHEC Bureau of Laboratories within 24 hours of collection. The goal is 100% for < 24 hours. We developed a process improvement to yield excellent results.

Newborn Metabolic Screenings
(Higher is better)

The Joint Program

Lexington Medical Center’s Total Joint Program provides a patient centered experience that focuses on patient and family preparation and education to ensure our patient’s safety and a speedy recovery. Lexington Medical Center is dedicated to always providing the best care experience, which includes a comprehensive program that covers your care from start to finish. We combine innovative surgical techniques and after surgery rehabilitation with skilled, compassionate care. Lexington Medical Center values a team approach whereby all disciplines involved work together to always provide the best possible experience for all patients.

Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement

Total Knee Readmission
(Lower is Better)

Discharge Disposition After Knee Replacement
(Q4 2015 - Q1 2016)