Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., announced a push to implement treatment guidelines for the care of heart-attack patients throughout its system of 113 acute-care hospitals. The guidelines, advocated by a steering committee of the American Heart Association, already are being followed at 58 Tenet hospitals. A study of 1,247 hospitals presented last month by Duke University Medical Center cardiologists documented a 12% reduction in a patient's chances of dying for each 10% improvement in a hospital's composite performance in adhering to a dozen timely interventions during a heart-attack episode. The treatment guidelines prescribe steps that can reduce the number of recurrent attacks. Statistics from the heart association show that within six months of a heart attack, 22% of men and 46% of women will be disabled with heart failure. Within one year, 25% of men and 38% of women will die. -- John Morrissey
Tenet hospitals to follow heart-attack guidelines
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