Aspirin Given at Discharge
The Reading Hospital percentages displayed in this graph reflect discharges during second quarter 2011. State and national rates from the US Department of Health & Human Services are for discharges between October 2009 and September 2010.
Why is this important?
Blood clots can block blood vessels. Aspirin can help prevent blood clots from forming or help dissolve blood clots that have formed. Following a heart attack, continued use of aspirin may help reduce the risk of another heart attack. Aspirin can have side effects like stomach inflammation, bleeding, or allergic reactions. Talk with your healthcare provider before using aspirin on a regular basis to make sure it’s safe for you.
Our approach to improving performance:
We provide ongoing staff education about the importance of prescribing aspirin at discharge. Our team also developed a patient education booklet with information about how to take aspirin.