Washington Hospital Quality
A service of the Washington State Hospital Association

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Leading national medical societies have identified hundreds of commonly used tests and procedures that physicians and patients should question before getting done. Learn more about what you can ask at Choosing Wisely 

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Most people (70%) prefer to die in the comfort of their own home, yet 70% die in a hospital or long-term care facility. Learn more about how to make your wishes known at www.theconversationproject.org 

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82% of people believe it is important to put their wishes for care at the end of life in writing, but only 23% have actually done it. To learn more, visit  www.theconversationproject.org

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Over the past 20 years, there has been a 30% increase in preterm birth (before 37 weeks gestation) in the United States. Click for information from the March of Dimes on why Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait.

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Patients who are actively involved in their own health care get better, faster. What does that mean? It starts out by just asking questions. Learn more: http://www.wsha.org/0514.cfm

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HCAHPS (pronounced “h-caps”) is a standardized national survey of all hospital patients to measure patients’ perspective of hospital care. 

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The longer a heart attack goes without treatment, the more a person is at risk for long term negative outcomes or even death. Watch a video from the American Heart Association here

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Being overweight or obese increases your risk for stroke and heart disease. To identify whether your weight is in a healthy range, use your height and weight to calculate your body mass index (BMI) on the CDC’s website

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Using the acronym FAST can help you remember the signs of stroke:

Face drooping

Arm weakness

Speech difficulty

Time to call 911

Visit the American Stroke Association for more information.

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It’s quite natural to undergo some emotional turmoil before hysterectomy, so talk with your doctor and get all your questions answered. You can also ask about online and in-person support groups that can also provide information and support. 

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Weight gain of more than 2 pounds in one day or 5 pounds in one week could be a sign of fluid retention. 

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Optimal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg (systolic pressure is 120 AND diastolic pressure is less than 80). Prehypertension is systolic pressure from 120-139 systolic OR diastolic pressure from 80-89. High blood pressure is systolic pressure of 140 or higher OR diastolic pressure of 90 or higher.

When blood pressure is higher, your heart has to work harder. Visit the American Heart Association for more information.

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Physicians care about readmissions too! Read their toolkit.

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Do you want to make sure your health care choices are understood? Visit theconversationproject.org

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To learn more about how charges vary between hospitals, visit www.wahospitalprices.org and contact your insurer to learn who is in your network and what your costs will be.

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You should see a nurse or a physician wash their hands before touching you. It’s okay to ask!

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Washington state hospitals reduced the readmission rate by 27% in just 2 years—that means 11,700 fewer people went back into the hospital after they were discharged. It saved the health care system $112 million. (LEAPT)

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Washington clinics and hospitals are working with national leaders to support unnecessary imaging in children, called 100K Children.

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Hospitals in Washington state are working to eliminate hospital-acquired infections completely.www.wsha.org/QualitySafety.cfm

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Things that make the biggest difference in a woman’s satisfaction with her maternity experience are: having good support from her caregivers, having a high-quality relationship with her caregivers, and being involved in decision-making about her care.

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People diagnosed with diabetes often develop heart disease earlier in life than people without diabetes.

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Health care providers should introduce themselves and explain their purpose at every interaction with you. If they forget to do so, it’s okay to remind them.

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Health insurance improves your peace of mind, protects you from bankruptcy and can help you get connected with medical care. Visit healthplanfinder.org.