Reducing AMI Readmissions

Banner Heart Hospital (Mesa, Arizona)

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Project Topic

Decreasing acute myocardial infarction (AMI) readmissions

CSI Participants

Kimberly Palma, RN, MSN
Luke Smith, RN, MSN
Beth Walker, RN, MSN

Project Goals/Objectives

  1. Reduce AMI 30-day readmission rate
  2. Improve patient education and compliance
  3. Provide structured, uniform program guide to patients who have suffered an AMI

Project Outcomes

  1. Reduced AMI readmission rate 5.2 percent – from 9.1 percent in 2015 to 3.9 percent for the first half of 2016
  2. Increased patient compliance picking up prescribed medications to 100 percent after implementation of the program
  3. Enhanced patient education and compliance by distributing program guide that 88 percent of AMI patients found helpful
  4. Improved AMI patients' follow through on post-discharge physician visits – 84 percent of patients saw a physician within the first week of discharge
  5. The outcomes resulted in an estimated fiscal impact of $422,400.

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