When dealing with a time-sensitive medical emergency, like a severe heart attack or a stroke, the right care at the right time at the right facility really matters. Getting to the right hospital quickly increases the likelihood of survival for both heart attack and stroke and reduces the recovery time for people experiencing both. Research shows that systems of care can lead to improved patient outcomes that are more cost-effective. A system of care allows for scientifically proven measures to be applied to every patient every time.
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In pursuit of the American Heart Associations mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives, the advocacy department will be pursuing policies to improve the health of Oregonians in several of our policy portfolios. Read on for a little preview of the areas we will b
In Oregon, we have had a requirement for hospitals to submit stroke data into a registry for over 10 years. This has allowed for informed discussions about what the future of stroke care should look like and what improvements to the system can be made.
In the 2024 legislative session we will be working to make some of these improvements in Oregon by pushing for stroke facility designation recognition and for cardiac care to have the same support by implementing data registry requirements and similar facility designation recognition. These changes will ensure that the same level of data we collect for stroke, will also be collected for heart attack and that EMS has the information they need to make informed decisions when determining what facility to take patients to that is best equipped to handle a given time-sensitive emergency.
As you might imagine, this work is not easy. There are over 50 stakeholders in the workgroup looking at this and everyone has their own particular focus. This legislative concept is looking to make improvements to the entire emergency medical services system, so the American Heart Association will be there every step of the way advocating for patients.