Core Measures Data - Timely & Effective Care

Below is the most current data available from HospitalCompare through June 30, 2013


These measures show how often hospitals provide care that research shows gets the best results for patients with certain conditions. This information can help you compare which hospitals give recommended care most often as part of the overall care they provide to patients.


Note: Categories marked as "Not Available" are because either the service is not performed at the hospital, the number of cases is too small to meet data threshold, or the data is not available to report at the hospital.


Measure Description SOUTHWEST MEMORIAL HOSPITAL COLORADO AVERAGE NATIONAL AVERAGE TOP 5% OF HOSPITALS
Timely Heart Attack Care
Average number of minutes before outpatients with chest pain or possible heart attack who needed specialized care were transferred to another hospital (lower number of minutes is better) Not Available 74 minutes 59 minutes Not Available
Average number of minutes before outpatients with chest pain or possible heart attack got an ECG (lower number of minutes is better) 25 minutes 8 minutes 7 minutes Not Available
Outpatients with chest pain or possible heart attack who got drugs to break up blood clots within 30 minutes of arrival (higher numbers are better) Not Available 56% 57% 100%
Outpatients with chest pain or possible heart attack who got aspirin within 24 hours of arrival (higher numbers are better) 100% 96% 96% 100%
Heart Attack Patients Given Fibrinolytic Medication Within 30 Minutes Of Arrival (higher numbers are better) Not Available 33% 58% 100%
Heart Attack Patients Given PCI Within 90 Minutes Of Arrival (higher numbers are better) Not Available 97% 96% 100%
Effective Heart Attack Care
Heart Attack Patients Given Aspirin at Discharge (higher numbers are better) Not Available 100% 99% 100%
Heart Attack Patients Given a Prescription for a Statin at Discharge (higher numbers are better) Not Available 99% 98% 100%
Effective Heart Failure Care
Heart Failure Patients Given Discharge Instructions (higher numbers are better) 100% 92% 94% 100%
Heart Failure Patients Given an Evaluation of Left Ventricular Systolic (LVS) Function (higher numbers are better) 100% 99% 99% 100%
Heart Failure Patients Given ACE Inhibitor or ARB for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction (LVSD) (higher numbers are better) Not Available 97% 97% 100%
Effective Pneumonia Care
Pneumonia Patients Whose Initial Emergency Room Blood Culture Was Performed Prior To The Administration Of The First Hospital Dose Of Antibiotics (higher numbers are better) 100% 97% 98% 100%
Pneumonia Patients Given the Most Appropriate Initial Antibiotic(s) (higher numbers are better) 100% 95% 95% 100%
Timely Surgical Care
Outpatients having surgery who got an antibiotic at the right time - within one hour before surgery (higher numbers are better) 82% 97% 98% 100%
Surgery patients who were given an antibiotic at the right time (within one hour before surgery) to help prevent infection (higher numbers are better) 95% 98% 99% 100%
Surgery patients whose preventive antibiotics were stopped at the right time (within 24 hours after surgery) (higher numbers are better) 100% 98% 98% 100%
Patients who got treatment at the right time (within 24 hours before or after their surgery) to help prevent blood clots after certain types of surgery (higher numbers are better) 96% 98% 98% 100%
Effective Surgical Care
Outpatients having surgery who got the right kind of antibiotic (higher numbers are better) Not Available 98% 97% 100%
Surgery patients who were taking heart drugs called beta blockers before coming to the hospital, who were kept on the beta blockers during the period just before and after their surgery (higher numbers are better) 100% 98% 98% 100%
Surgery patients who were given the right kind of antibiotic to help prevent infection (higher numbers are better) 98% 99% 99% 100%
Heart surgery patients whose blood sugar (blood glucose) is kept under good control in the days right after surgery (higher numbers are better) Not Available 96% 97% 100%
Surgery patients whose urinary catheters were removed on the first or second day after surgery. (higher numbers are better) 98% 97% 97% 100%
Patients having surgery who were actively warmed in the operating room or whose body temperature was near normal by the end of surgery. (higher numbers are better) 100% 99% 100% 100%
Timely Emergency Department Care
Average time patients spent in the emergency department, before they were admitted to the hospital as an inpatient (a lower number of minutes is better) 170 minutes 246 minutes 275 minutes Not Available
Average time patients spent in the emergency department, after the doctor decided to admit them as an inpatient before leaving the emergency department for their inpatient room (a lower number of minutes is better) 44 minutes 97 minutes 98 minutes Not Available
Average time patients spent in the emergency department before being sent home (a lower number of minutes is better) Not Available 138 minutes 135 minutes Not Available
Average time patients spent in the emergency department before they were seen by a healthcare professional (a lower number of minutes is better) Not Available 19 minutes 26 minutes Not Available
Average time patients who came to the emergency department with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain medication (a lower number of minutes is better) 41 minutes 45 minutes 58 minutes Not Available
Percentage of patients who left the emergency department before being seen (a lower percentage is better) Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
Percentage of patients who came to the emergency department with stroke symptoms who received brain scan results within 45 minutes of arrival (a higher percentage is better) Not Available 65% 54% Not Available
Preventive Care
Patients assessed and given influenza vaccination (a higher percentage is better) 67% 92% 90% 100%
Patients assessed and given pneumonia vaccination (a higher percentage is better) 74% 91% 91% 100%
Blood Clot Prevention
Patients who got treatment to prevent blood clots on the day of or day after hospital admission or surgery (a higher percentage is better) 90% 89% 83% 100%
Patients who got treatment to prevent blood clots on the day of or day after being admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) (a higher percentage is better) 100% 95% 91% 100%
Patients who developed a blood clot while in the hospital who did not get treatment that could have prevented it (a lower percentage is better) Not Available 9% 10% 0%