Seventy percent of acute coronary syndrome deaths occur outside of the hospital. As an accredited chest pain center, AAMC’s heart team needs your help in educating the public on the importance of calling 911 for suspected heart attack symptoms. Please do not let your patients or their family members drive to the Emergency Department. All local EMS have the ability to administer emergency medications and defibrillation if needed. EMS will transmit a 12-lead ECG directly to the hospital Emergency Department. Eighty-five percent of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack. Early symptoms include chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort, anxiety, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, a feeling of fullness, and even back pain.
This year, AAMC clinicians provided flu vaccines to more than 2,500 community members through on-campus clinics and events out in the community. This means thousands of potential flu infections—and potential deaths from complications of flu—were prevented.
From Choosing Wisely®: For pharmacological treatment of patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the American Gastroenterological Association recommends that long-term acid suppression therapy (proton pump inhibitors or histamine2 receptor antagonists) should be titrated to the lowest effective dose needed to achieve therapeutic goals. The main identifiable risk associated with reducing or discontinuing acid suppression therapy is an increased symptom burden. It follows that the decision regarding the need for (and dosage of) maintenance therapy is driven by the impact of those residual symptoms on the patient’s quality of life rather than as a disease control measure. >>More
Our triennial Joint Commission survey occurred the week of November 18. The surveyors were overwhelmingly positive about what they saw and heard. They are taking several AAMC best practices back to the Joint Commission, and named AAMC a “role model” for other hospitals and health systems around the country – an incredible tribute to our employees and medical staff. Our survey results reflect the high-quality, safe care we provide to our patients daily. Thank you for your unending commitment to excellence in quality and safe patient care.
The Baltimore Business Journal recently noted AAMC as the third busiest hospital (measured by admissions) in the Baltimore region. In addition, we were noted for high quality in maternity care, surgery, and overall quality as rated by patients. Click here to read the article.
Medical staff, employees and community members may receive a free flu vaccine at AAMC. Find more information including the flu vaccine clinic schedule here. As a reminder, for the health and safety of our patients, employees and visitors, AAMC requires all employees, affiliated medical staff, volunteers, students, contracted staff, and vendors to receive an annual seasonal flu vaccine.
By now, I suspect that you’ve caught on from your national societies that the initiative called Choosing Wisely is here to stay. We have been highlighting the program as well. Recently we welcomed Daniel Wolfson, MHSA, a leader from the ABIM Foundation, to the AAMC Board Committee on Quality and Patient Safety. He walked us through the evolution of the movement and its primary goals related to physician leadership and professionalism. Wolfson is a masterful communicator and blogger. Click here to check out his past blogs, including a recent entry about Atul Gawande’s article in the New Yorker.
I invite you to comment here about your thoughts related to Choosing Wisely.
The James and Sylvia Earl Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning Center (SAIL), is a world-class medical simulation and training facility in the Health Sciences Pavilion at AAMC. The Center serves not only the medical profession but also provides tours and educational opportunities for area school children, the community, patients, families, and organizations dedicated to healthcare improvement and patient safety. Here are a few upcoming events at the Earl SAIL Center:
- Orthopedics Cadaver Lab: September 24
- OB/GYN Simulation Training: September 26
- Patient Care Technician Education: September 27
- Women’s Conference and Tour: October 16
- GYN Pelvic Floor Reconstruction Cadaver Lab: November 1
- Breast Surgery Lab: November 1
- Biomedical and Allied Health Students from Anne Arundel County Public Schools and Glen Burnie High School Tours: November 15 and December 12
What kinds of simulation and learning opportunities can the Earl SAIL Center offer you and your team? Contact Ann Casamento, RN, simulation coordinator, at x4880 or acasamento@AAHS.org.