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Improving Outcomes for Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients in the Hospital Setting: Successful Implementation of the American Heart Association "Get With The Guidelines" Program by Phase I Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurses

Flynn, Frances M. RN, MS, BC-CNS, BC-CVNI; Cafarelli, Mary RN, MSN; Petrakos, Karen RN; Christophersen, Patricia RN

Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing: May-June 2007 - Volume 22 - Issue 3 - p 166-176
doi: 10.1097/01.JCN.0000267824.27449.65
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A treatment gap exists between published guidelines for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and application of these guidelines in clinical practice. The "Get With The Guidelines" program is a quality initiative developed by the American Heart Association to help acute care providers bridge this gap, thereby decreasing morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease. This article describes how cardiac rehabilitation nurses successfully implemented the program using a prospective case-management model in the acute care setting. An overview of the program including purpose, benefits, tools, and resources is provided along with start-up considerations, potential barriers, training needs, and keys to success.

Frances M. Flynn, RN, MS, BC-CNS, BC-CVNI Advanced Practice Nurse, Critical Care Division, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Ill.

Mary Cafarelli, RN, MSN Advanced Practice Nurse, Critical Care Division, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Ill.

Karen Petrakos, RN Risk Reduction Nurse, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Ill.

Patricia Christophersen, RN Risk Reduction Nurse, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Ill.

Corresponding author Frances M. Flynn, RN, MS, BC-CNS, BC-CVNI, Critical Care Division, Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 West 95th Street, Oak Lawn, IL 60453 (e-mail: fran.flynn@advocatehealth.com).

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