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Core Measures

LVMC participates in national and statewide quality measurement programs to help us improve the care we provide. These programs assess quality of care by measuring how well hospitals follow specific guidelines when treating patients with certain medical conditions.

Recommended Guidelines

Lompoc Valley Medical Center adheres to the following recommend guidelines:

Heart Attack

A heart attack (also called acute myocardial infarction, or AMI) occurs when the arteries leading to the heart become blocked, depriving the heart of oxygen. 

Heart Attack Patients Given... 

  • ACE Inhibitor or ARB for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction (LVSD)
  • Aspirin at Arrival
  • Aspirin at Discharge
  • Beta Blocker at Arrival
  • Beta Blocker at Discharge
  • Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling.

Heart Failure

Heart failure occurs when the heart struggles to pump enough blood to deliver oxygen to the body. 

Heart Failure Patients Given…

  • ACE Inhibitor or ARB for Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction (LVSD)
  • Evaluation of Left Ventricular Systolic (LVS) Function
  • Discharge Instructions
  • Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling

Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a severe lung infection that causes breathing difficulty, fever cough, and fatigue. 

Pneumonia Patients Assessed and Given…

  • Influenza Vaccination.
  • Pneumococcal Vaccination.

Pneumonia Patients Given… 

  • Initial Antibiotic(s) within Six Hours after Arrival.
  • Smoking Cessation Advice/Counseling.

Surgery 

Surgery Patients who…

  • Received Preventive Antibiotic(s) One hour Before Incision.
  • Discontinued their Indwelling Foley Catheter Postoperative day one or two.
  • Doctors Ordered Treatments to Prevent Blood Clots (Venous Thromboembolism).
  • Preventive Antibiotic(s) are stopped within 24 hours after Surgery.
  • Were kept on Beta Blockers before and after surgery.