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(803) 791-2000
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Outcomes

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) Outcomes

Our goal at Lexington Medical Center is to offer our community the best heart and vascular services available. LMC patients can expect to receive the most advanced treatments and protocols medicine has to offer. Over the past decade, we have developed a strong heart and vascular program by ensuring we align with the latest practice guidelines, assisting with staff education, and providing support with each new heart procedure performed at LMC. The entire LMC heart and vascular team is dedicated to ensuring our patients are provided exceptional care.

On March 28, 2012, Lexington Medical Center performed our first open heart surgery. Now, over 7 years later, our Cardiovascular Surgical Team has performed well over 2500 cardiovascular procedures. Through the Cardiovascular Services Committee, a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals reviews quality measures and participates in strategic planning for the organization’s cardiac services. We monitor 100% of our cardiac surgery patients, benchmarking ourselves nationally and responding to any opportunities for improvement and growth.

LMC is a participant in the Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Registry for Adult Cardiac Surgery. The STS rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs across the United States and Canada.

3 Star Overall Rating

STS ranked LMC in the highest quality tier for 2018 after surveying more than 1,000 participating programs and awarded LMC's cardiovascular program an overall three-star rating for heart surgery. The latest analysis of data for coronary artery bypass grafting procedures covered a one-year period, from January 1 to December 31, 2018. Historically, 10 to 12 percent of heart programs in the United States and Canada achieved this prestigious designation, which recognizes quality patient and clinical outcome excellence.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)
National Adult Cardiac Surgery Database
Isolated CABG Case Volume

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)
National Adult Cardiac Surgery Database
CABG Intra-operative/Post-operative Blood Products Used
(Lower Percentages = 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. By following evidenced-based practice, 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 = 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 homes.




TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement)

In May of 2014, LMC began to offer Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, known as TAVR, as a less invasive treatment option for patients with aortic stenosis who are at risk for open heart surgery. This state-of-the-art cardiovascular technology allows doctors to replace the aortic valve through a small incision in the groin or chest. During the procedure, a new valve is positioned inside the old, diseased valve while the heart is still beating. The new valve then functions immediately. Patients experience less pain than traditional open heart surgery patients and can have a significantly shorter recovery time.

LMC participates in the Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and American College of Cardiology (ACC)’s national Transcatheter Valve Therapy (TVT) Registry. LMC continues to excel with outstanding patient outcomes compared to other TAVR programs across the nation.


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


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

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




STS/ACC TVT Registry
Discharged to Home
(Higher Percentages = 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.




WATCHMAN ™

Lexington Medical Center's heart program continues to grow. The Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (LAAO) device, WATCHMAN, debuted in March 2017. This innovative one-time procedure is minimally invasive, performed in the Cath Lab, and lasts about an hour. Most patients are discharged home the following day. WATCHMAN has proven to reduce the risk of stroke by preventing blood clots that form during non-valvular atrial fibrillation. This device also eliminates the need for long-term anticoagulation in patients who are at risk for bleeding complications.

MitraClip ®

Beginning in October 2018, LMC continued to expand its cardiovascular services to offer the MitraClip procedure. MitraClip is a less invasive procedure used to treat mitral regurgitation for those patients who are not candidates for surgery. The MitraClip device is a small clip that is attached to your mitral valve. It treats mitral regurgitation by allowing the mitral valve to close more completely, helping to restore normal blood flow through the heart. This procedure is usually performed in the Cath Lab and patients are typically able to be discharged home from the hospital within 2 to 3 days after the procedure. Patients often experience improvement in symptoms and quality of life soon after the procedure is completed.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)

Did you know that you may be at risk for sudden cardiac death if you have had a myocardial infarction (MI), ventricular arrhythmias, long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome, congenital heart disease, or you have survived sudden cardiac arrest?

Patients have been evaluated and treated, by the knowledgeable staff Lexington Medical Center (LMC), since 2010 with the implantation of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs). What is an ICD? An Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) is a battery-operated pulse-generator that is placed in a pocket on the chest or in the abdomen. There are different types of ICDs, but all have leads that connect the heart to the generator which can gather and send electric signals. When the heart rate is too slow (bradycardia) the ICD can send tiny signals that increase the heart rate. If the heart rate becomes too fast the ICD can send an electric impulse to “shock” the heart, correcting the abnormal rhythm.

ICDs can be implanted through a minimally invasive procedure in the Cardiac Cath lab, Electrophysiology (EP) lab, or through open heart surgery in the Operating Room (OR). ICDs assists patients in the management of ventricular arrhythmias which place the patient at risk for sudden cardiac arrest.

Lexington Medical Center participates in the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) national ICD Registry which validates Lexington Medical Center’s excellent patient outcomes compared to facilities across the nation.


ACC / NCDR: ICD Volumes
2017 – 2019


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


"Time is muscle!" Minutes matter during a heart attack since heart muscle is damaged from lack of blood and oxygen. Anyone experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack should contact 911 immediately. Lexington Medical Center and EMS work together to minimize the time between recognition of a heart attack and intervention.


What are some of the signs of a Heart Attack?

  • Chest Pain or Pressure
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • Cold sweat (diaphoresis)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Lightheadedness, Dizziness, or Syncope



What is the difference between a STEMI and NSTEMI?


The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) publish guidelines and recommended standards of care for the recognition and treatment of patients experiencing a myocardial infarction or heart attack. A "STEMI" or “ST elevated myocardial infarction” occurs when a coronary artery is acutely blocked off by a thrombus or clot. This blockage can cause the heart muscle supplied by the artery to die. Evidence of the blockage can be seen on an ECG and early recognition enables our team to react swiftly minimizing cardiac damage. A "NSTEMI" or “non-ST elevated myocardial infarction” is a type of heart attack that evolves over a period of time and is the result of gradual damage to the heart. A NSTEMI is usually caused by the build-up and disruption of plaque that can severely narrow a coronary artery. The artery is not completely blocked. While a NSTEMI may not be as time sensitive as a STEMI, it is still a heart attack and results in damage or death of the heart muscle.

Early recognition and timely intervention has a direct impact on the quality of life after a heart attack. An Electrocardiogram (ECG) is key to early identification and intervention. Changes in the heart's electrical conduction, depicted on the ECG, guide our highly trained certified staff to initiate treatment with a goal of removing the blockage and restoring blood flow.


NCDR: Chest Pain - MI
Overall Acute Myocardial Infarction Performance Composite
(Higher = 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. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, uncontrolled diabetes, lack of exercise, and tobacco use are major risk factor for heart disease. By prescribing appropriate medications at discharge as well as providing educational information and support, Lexington Medical Center is helping to reduce our patient’s risk of further cardiac events.


NCDR: Chest Pain - MI
Acute Myocardial Infarction Discharge Performance
(Higher = Better)


Why should you choose LMC for your heart care?
Our staff strives to provide the best cardiovascular care because your heart matters to us. LMC participates in the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) for Chest Pain – MI and the American Heart Association (AHA): Get with the Guidelines (GWTG) Mission Lifeline: Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) registry to ensure we are providing the best care to our patients. Our attention to quality has led to multiple performance recognitions from the AHA and the ACC:

2021 AMI


Heart Failure (HF) Readmissions

According to the American Heart Association, 5.7 million Americans are living with heart failure. An additional 670,000 new cases are diagnosed annually, up from 500,000 a few years ago. With the aging of the population, Heart Failure is poised to reach epidemic proportions in coming years. Heart Failure readmissions (taking patient away from home) remain a continuous challenge in the care of the Heart Failure patient. Although gains have been made over the past five years, still more than 20% of patients are readmitted within 30 days.

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: providing a dedicated Social Worker to work with HF patients and family members, increasing referrals to Home Health Services, providing digital scales to patients on admission for use while hospitalized and to take home for easy daily weight monitoring, scheduling early follow-up appointments, follow-up phone calls within 72 hours of discharge, and identifying and connecting patients with a primary care physician. Lexington Medical Center has received a grant from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation for four consecutive years to purchase digital scales for our HF patients who do not own a scale.

Since 2014, Lexington Medical Center has received an annual grant from our Lexington Medical Center Foundation to provide 20 hours of non-medical in-home assistance to individuals with a known diagnosis of heart failure and other chronic diagnoses who are at high risk for readmission for up to 30 days after discharge from an acute care hospital stay. Starting in July 2017, this program was funded by the Duke Endowment and will be continued through June 2020. 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.

In the spring of 2019, a Patient Care Navigator position was created specifically to help patients with heart failure navigate their transition from hospital to home. The Patient Care Navigator calls high risk patients between 24-72 hours after discharge. During this phone call, the Patient Care Navigator reviews the patient’s plan of care and medication list, addresses any symptoms the patient may be having as well as ensures the patient received any equipment or other in-home assistance that was ordered at discharge. Additionally, the Patient Care Navigator is responsible for scheduling all follow up appointments that were ordered at discharge. National guidelines from the American Heart Association state that patients should see their Primary Care Physician or their Cardiologist within seven days of discharge and LMC’s Patient Care Navigator is helping to make sure that happens. Overall, the Patient Care Navigator serves as a central hub for patients with heart failure so when they leave the hospital, they know who to call if they need help.


Sepsis Management

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services defines sepsis as a medical complication that occurs when your body has an extreme response to an infection. Sepsis can result in tissue damage, organ failure, and can be life threatening if not recognized and treated early.

According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 1.7 million adults in America develop sepsis and nearly 270,000 Americans die as a result of sepsis. The National Surviving Sepsis Campaign recommends early recognition and early treatment to improve patient outcomes. Experts recommend ‘bundles’ of care to simplify the complex treatment of these patients.

LMC has adopted a multidisciplinary team approach for recognition and timely treatment of these patients. Early appropriate treatment has been shown to decrease incidence of organ failure and death. The electronic health record is used to identify patients with potential sepsis quickly in the Emergency Department and to screen for triggers of deterioration that may indicate that a patient is developing sepsis after arrival. LMC is committed to improving outcomes in this patient population.


Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock
Management Bundle Compliance Comparison Data
(Higher Percentage = Better)


Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)

What is a urinary catheter?

A urinary catheter is a thin tube placed in the bladder to drain urine. Urine drains through the tube into a bag that collects the urine. A urinary catheter may be used if you are unable to urinate on your own; to measure the amount of urine you make, for example during intensive care; during and after some types of surgery and during some tests of the kidneys and bladder. People with urinary catheters have a much higher chance of getting a urinary tract infection than people who don’t have a catheter.


How do patients get a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI)?

If germs enter the urinary tract, they may cause an infection. Many of the germs that cause a catheter-associated urinary tract infection are common germs that can enter the urinary tract when the catheter is being put in or while the catheter remains in the bladder.


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

  • Other methods to drain urine are sometimes used, such as external catheters in males and females and putting a temporary catheter in to drain the urine and removing it right away.
  • Catheters are put in only when necessary and they are removed as soon as possible.
  • Only properly trained persons insert catheters using sterile technique.
  • The skin in the area where the catheter will be inserted is cleaned before inserting the catheter.
  • Bladder scanners are used to assess the amount of urine in a patient’s bladder to avoid unnecessary urinary catheterization.
  • Healthcare providers clean their hands by washing with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub before and after touching your catheter.
  • Healthcare providers avoid disconnecting the catheter and drain tube. This helps to prevent germs from getting into the catheter tube.
  • The catheter is secured to the leg to prevent pulling on the catheter.
  • Specialized cleansing wipes are used to perform daily catheter care while catheters are in place.

Lexington Medical Center closely monitors patients with urinary catheters. Interdisciplinary health care teams carefully evaluate clinical practice issues and infection outcome data. Lexington Medical Center reports CAUTI data to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), a Clinical Registry of the Centers for Disease Control. This data is shared with health consumers through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Quality website.


Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections
(Lower = Better)


Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSIs)

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?

  • 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. We report 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.


Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections
(Lower = 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 On Time, Every Time, 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.

Goal: Collection is to be between 24-48 hours of age for the infant. All specimens to be sent to DHEC Bureau of Laboratories within 24 hours of collection.

Initiative: On Time, Every Time. The goal is 100% for < 24 hours.


Newborn Metabolic Screenings
(Higher Percentage = Better)

Total Joint Program

After thousands of successful hip and knee replacements, Lexington Medical Center is proud to announce its recognition as a DNV Center of Excellence for Hip and Knee Replacements. Lexington Medical Center is the first and only facility in the Midlands to receive this important distinction.

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

Stroke Care Quality Initiatives

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the nation and the leading cause of disability. It is a time-sensitive emergency, and rapid treatment is essential for preventing long-term effects. Recognizing the signs of stroke and calling 9-1-1 are the first steps to improving patient outcomes. The Acute Stroke Team in the Lexington Medical Center Emergency department rapidly identifies potential stroke patients who are eligible for stroke intervention and facilitates timely treatment. Treatment within 60 minutes of identification of stroke symptoms can significantly reduce disability.

Lexington Medical Center is a Certified Primary Plus Stroke Center and utilizes evidence-based orders and protocols to improve patient outcomes. Best practice guidelines recommend specific medications to reduce risk for or recurrence of stroke, as well as reduce disability, complications and/or death related to stroke.

Blood clots that flow to the brain from the heart or arteries are often the source of a stroke. They can develop inside the blood vessels of people with cardiovascular disease (blockages in the arteries). Blood clots are also likely to form inside the heart of individuals with a common irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation. Both conditions significantly increase risk of stroke. Effective strategies to reduce complications of stroke and prevent recurrence of stroke are prescribing medications to prevent blood clot formation. Anti-thrombotic medications, which prevent clot formation, and anticoagulants, or blood thinners, may be prescribed to prevent blood clots. Cholesterol medications may also be prescribed as an effective secondary prevention measure for patients who have had an ischemic stroke. Smoking is another strong risk factor for stroke. Lexington Medical Center has a free smoking-cessation program and highly encourages participation.

In 2020, through collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines© program, Lexington Medical Center achieved the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association GWTG Gold Plus Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award. This recognition reflects Lexington Medical Center’s dedication to providing quality stroke care.

2020 Get with the guidelines.

DNV Certified Primary Plus Stroke Center

Stroke
Medications for Blood Clots
(Higher Percentage = Better)

Source:
Quintiles/American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines ©

Stroke
Prevention at Discharge
(Higher Percentage = Better)

Source:
Quintiles/American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines ©

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Combating one of the nation’s leading health concerns, bariatric surgical procedures reduce comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea and gastroesophageal reflux disease through weight loss. Lexington Medical Center has performed more than nearly 8,000 bariatric surgeries since 1998. These surgeons work with their patients to choose the most appropriate procedure to address their own personal health needs, which includes gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric band and gastric balloon.

As a fully accredited center through the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, Lexington Medical Center hosts a comprehensive program and is proud of the high level of bariatric care offered to patients. Hallmarks of this well-established program include two bariatric surgeons performing each procedure, a multi-layered patient support system that includes patient education and support groups, and the availability of bariatric care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Lexington Medical Center is committed to continual improvement through long-term monitoring of each surgical case.

South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center

 

History of Bariatric Surgery at Lexington Medical Center

Total 7,923
(1998 - June 2021)

Lexington Medical Center has a rich history of bariatric surgery. These board-certified surgeons perform a variety of bariatric procedures, including revisions of previous surgeries. Recently, the sleeve gastrectomy surpassed the gastric bypass as the most-performed procedure.




Length of Stay (Days)
(Lower Numbers = Better)

The goal after bariatric surgery is to enable patients to return home as quickly as possible. Lexington Medical Center works hard to achieve this measure and are proud of its low length of stay rates.




Readmissions Within 30 Days After Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
(January 2020 – December 2020)

These providers and their team use a multidisciplinary approach to avoid readmissions after bariatric surgery.


An expected rate is the estimated rate of readmissions that Lexington Medical Center was expected to have during the timeframe, taking into account the complexity of surgical cases performed and comorbidities of patients. An observed rate is the actual rate of readmissions observed at the facility during the timeframe.