Phone Numbers

Main Campus Front Desk
(803) 791-2000
Public Relations & Marketing
(803) 791-2191
Patient Admissions
(803) 791-2570
Patient Billing (Hospital)
(803) 791-2300
(877) 835-0975

Process of Care Measures

Outpatient Surgical Care Quality Initiatives

More than 60% of elective surgery procedures in the United States are performed on an “outpatient” basis, also known as “same-day” surgery. Health experts have predicted that this number will increase to 75% over the next decade.

Research has shown that if the right antibiotic is given to the patient at just the right time before the procedure begins, there is a much lower chance of the patient developing a wound infection after surgery. This research has focused on a number of procedures such as cardiac pacemaker insertions, hysterectomies, prostate surgeries, back surgeries and many more.

Lexington Medical Center (LMC) has taken a team approach to ensuring that our patients receive the recommended antibiotics for the procedure at the right time. The surgeons, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, operating room nurses and infection control nurses all work together to meet these standards of care.

Lexington Medical Centers
Outpatient Surgery Quality Measures:
Giving the Optimal Antibiotic at the Optimal Time

Speed & Accuracy

Average time patients spent in the emergency department before they were seen by a healthcare professional.

LMC: 24%

SC Avg: 32%, Nat’l Avg: 28%

Average number of minutes before outpatients with chest pain or possible heart attack received an ECG.

LMC: 5 minutes

SC Avg: 6 min, Nat’l Avg: 7 min

Stroke Care Quality Initiatives

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the nation and the leading cause of disability. Recognizing the signs of stroke and calling 911 are the first steps to improving patient outcomes. Our Acute Stroke Team in the Emergency Department rapidly identifies potential stroke patients eligible for thrombolytics (a clot-busting drug that reduces disability) and facilitates timely treatment. Research shows only a small percentage of stroke patients arrive in time for thrombolytics. Treatment within 60 minutes can reduce disability.

Best practice guidelines recommend specific medications to reduce death due to stroke, recurrence and risk of stroke, disability, complications, coronary artery disease and improve outcomes. As a Primary Stroke Center, Lexington Medical Center (LMC) utilizes specialized orders and protocols to improve patient care. LMC has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality award. This prestigious award recognizes commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients.

2013 Get with the guidelines.

DNV Certified Primary Stroke Center

Stroke
Medications During Hospitalization

Stroke
Medications Upon Discharge

Community-Acquired Pneumonia

The current North American antibiotic guidelines for Community-Acquired Pneumonia identify Streptococcus pneumoniae as the most common cause of pneumonia. The guidelines provide a consensus on the most appropriate antibiotic regimens and are reflected in the process of care measures. These measures show the percentage of hospital patients who receive treatments known to get the best results within the appropriate time.

Lexington Medical Center (LMC) has an interdisciplinary team, including pharmacy, physicians, nursing, and laboratory, that ensures the right antibiotic and care are provided. Our electronic health record supports standardized best practice care by utilizing order sets that include the recommended guidelines for treatment.

Community-Acquired Pneumonia
3Q 2012-2Q2013