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Percentages listed in each column tell you how often a process of care was put into practice in a certain time period. In these charts, the State of Wyoming percentages and the National averages include data from October 2012-September 2013. The West Park Hospital District column reflects how often a particular process of care was put into practice during the Q2 2014 (April 2014-June 2014) measurement period and is the most recent comparison data available.

Pneumonia core measures

Pneumonia is a serious lung infection that causes difficulty breathing, fever, cough and fatigue. These quality measures show some of the recommended treatments for pneumonia.

Pneumonia is usually caused by bacteria or a virus. If pneumonia is caused by bacteria, hospitals will treat the infection with antibiotics. Different bacteria are treated with different antibiotics.

Percent of people given the most appropriate initial antibiotics

  • State of Wyoming
    94%
  • National average
    95%
  • West Park Hospital District
    100%

Surgical care quality measures

Hospitals can reduce the risk of wound infection after surgery by making sure patients get the right medicines at the right time on the day of their surgery.

Antibiotics are medicines to prevent and treat infections. Research shows that surgery patients who get antibiotics within the hour before their operation are less likely to get wound infections. Getting an antibiotic earlier, or after surgery begins, is not as effective.

Percent of patients who received antibiotics one hour before surgery

  • State of Wyoming
    98%
  • National average
    99%
  • West Park Hospital District
    97%

Infections continue to be the main preventable complication of most surgical procedures. Antibiotics are medicines to prevent and treat infections. By following the standard guidelines for timing and giving you the correct antibiotic drug, hospitals can reduce your risk of getting a wound infection after surgery. Hospitals can reduce the risk of wound infection after surgery by making sure patients get the right medicines at the right time on the day of their surgery.

Percent of surgery patients who received the appropriate preventive antibiotic(s) for their surgery

  • State of Wyoming
    99%
  • National average
    99%
  • West Park Hospital District
    100%

Antibiotics are medicines to prevent and treat infections. While the likelihood of infection after surgery can be reduced by giving patients preventive antibiotics, taking these antibiotics for more than 24 hours after routine surgery is usually not necessary and can increase the risk of side effects such as stomach aches, serious types of diarrhea and antibiotic resistance (when antibiotics are used too much, they will not work anymore). There are exceptions—for example, where the surgical site has been contaminated (making the surgery not routine).Talk to your doctor if you have questions about how long you should take antibiotics after surgery.

Percent of surgery patients whose preventive antibiotics(s) were stopped within 24 hours after surgery

  • State of Wyoming
    97%
  • National average
    98%
  • West Park Hospital District
    98%

Certain types of surgery can increase the risk of blood clots forming in the veins. This is because patients don't move much during and, usually, after some surgeries. A number of factors can increase a patient's risk of developing blood clots, but doctors can order preventive treatments called prophylaxis to reduce the risk. Prophylaxis may include blood-thinning medications, elastic support stockings, or mechanical air stockings that promote circulation in the legs.

Percent of surgery patients who received treatment to prevent blood clots within 24 hours before or after selected surgeries

  • State of Wyoming
    95%
  • National average
    98%
  • West Park Hospital District
    100%

It is often standard procedure to stop patients' usual medications for a while 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 heartbeat. For these patients, staying on beta blockers before and after surgery makes it less likely that they will have heart problems.

Percent of surgery patients who received beta blockers in perioperative period

  • State of Wyoming
    94%
  • National average
    98%
  • West Park Hospital District
    68%

Heart failure measures

Heart failure is a weakening of the heart's pumping power. With heart failure, your body doesn't get enough oxygen and nutrients to meet its needs. These quality measures show some of the standards of care provided for most adults with heart failure.

The proper treatment for heart failure depends on what area of your heart is affected. An important test is to check how your heart is pumping, called an evaluation of the left ventricular systolic function. It can tell your health care provider whether the left side of your heart is pumping properly.

Percent of heart failure patients given an evaluation of left ventricular systolic function

  • State of Wyoming
    94%
  • National average
    99%
  • West Park Hospital District
    86%

Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) are medicines used to treat patients with heart failure and are particularly beneficial in those patients with heart failure and decreased function of the left side of the heart. If you have a heart attack and/or heart failure, you should get a prescription for ACE inhibitors or ARBs if you have decreased heart function before you leave the hospital.

Percent of heart failure patients given ACE inhibitor or ARBs for left ventricular systolic dysfunction

  • State of Wyoming
    95%
  • National average
    97%
  • West Park Hospital District
    67%

Source: hospitalcompare.hhs.gov.

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