Beta Blockers Received
The Reading Hospital percentages displayed in this graph reflect discharges during first quarter 2010. State and national rates from the US Department of Health & Human Services are for discharges between January 2009 and June 2009.
Why is this important?
It is often standard procedure to stop patients’ usual medications for awhile before and after their surgery. But if patients who have been taking beta blockers suddenly stop taking them, they can have heart problems such as a fast heart beat. For these patients, staying on beta blockers before and after surgery makes it less likely that they will have heart problems.
Our approach to improving performance:
We are participating in the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP), a national initiative which allows us to adopt practice guidelines to provide the best care possible. Our multidisciplinary healthcare team meets regularly to review the SCIP data and take necessary actions to improve our care.