WJMC - West Jefferson Medical Center

WJMC - West Jefferson Medical Center


Quality Services


 

Blood Clots (also known as Venous Thromboembolism or VTE)


Because hospital patients often have to stay in bed for long periods of time, they are at increased risk of developing blood clots in the legs. These clots can cause pain, swelling and redness of the leg; and can break off and travel to other parts of the body (like the brain, heart or lungs), causing more serious complications.

At West Jefferson Medical Center, keeping our patients safe and free from harm is our number one priority. We have processes in place to prevent blood clots by evaluating our patients for their risk of developing blood clots and by using appropriate prevention and treatment measures. Prevention can include:

  • Compression Stockings (often called TED hose).
  • Blood thinners, and/or other medicines.

Our prevention measures have been in place for several years, and our outcomes are reflected below:

Patients who developed a blood clot while in the hospital at West Jefferson Medical Center who did not get treatment that could have prevented it

West Jeff Preventable Blood Clots New Orleans Marrero Westbank

Note: This data is publicly reported on Hospital Compare at https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare

Patients who develop blood clots (also called venous thromboembolism or VTE) will usually be given blood thinner medication to take when they go home.

Educating patients about how to take the medicine and its possible side effects is key, and can help prevent problems that could possibly bring them back to the hospital (readmission). Before leaving the hospital, patients (and/or their caregivers) who are taking a blood thinner, should get information about the following topics:

  • Medication Compliance (how often to take, what dosage to take, safety precautions)
  • Diet (what foods to avoid that interfere with blood thinners)
  • Monitoring their blood thinner medicine
  • Adverse drug reactions (difficulty breathing, vomiting, nausea)
  • When to call your physician (dizziness or weakness, a fall, bright red bleeding)

With the assistance of our pharmacists and our dietitians, our Educational processes have been in place for several years, and our outcomes are reflected below:

Patients with Blood Clots who were discharged on a blood thinner medication from West Jefferson Medical Center and received written instructions about that medicine:

West Jeff Treated Blood Clots New Orleans Marrero Westbank

Preventative Care

Hospitals and healthcare providers play a crucial role in promoting, providing and educating patients about preventive services and screenings and maintaining the health of their communities. Many diseases are preventable through immunizations, screenings, treatment, and lifestyle changes. The information below shows how well the hospitals you selected are providing preventive services.

Influenza (Flu) is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. CDC estimates that flu-related hospitalizations since 2010 ranged from 140,000 to 710,000, while flu-related deaths are estimated to have ranged from 12,000 to 56,000. (Source: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm)

An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.

Patients assessed and given influenza vaccination

West Jeff Patients Given Flu Vaccine New Orleans Marrero Westbank



Use of Medical Imaging



“Medical imaging" tests create images of various parts of the body to screen for or diagnose medical conditions. Examples of medical imaging include CT scans, MRIs, and mammograms.

These outpatient imaging efficiency measures give you information about hospitals’ use of medical imaging tests for outpatients.

At West Jefferson Medical Center, keeping our patients safe and free from harm is our number one priority. We strive to reduce the risk of unnecessary testing and radiation exposure in our patients.

Outpatients with low-back pain who had an MRI without trying recommended treatments (such as physical therapy) first (if a number is high, it may mean the facility is doing too many unnecessary MRIs for low-back pain)

West Jeff Out Patients Back Pain MRI No Physical Therapy New Orleans Marrero Westbank

Outpatients who had a follow-up mammogram, breast ultrasound, or breast MRI within the 45 days after a screening mammogram (a follow-up rate near 0% may indicate missed cancer; a rate higher than 14% may mean there is unnecessary follow-up)

West Jeff Out Patients with Follou Up OBGYN Services New Orleans Marrero Westbank

Outpatient CT scans of the abdomen that were “combination” (double) scans (if a number is high, it may mean that too many patients have a double scan when a single scan is all they need)

West Jeff Out Patients CT Combination Scans New Orleans Marrero Westbank

Note: This data is publicly reported on Hospital Compare at https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare

 

 





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