Durham Regional recognized for heart attack care

Durham Regional Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–Get With The Guidelines Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2012–one of only 164 hospitals nationwide to do so. The award recognizes Durham Regional’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies the hospital has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Durham Regional consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures. Following these treatment guidelines increases adherence to ACC/AHA clinical guideline recommendations, monitors drug safety and improves the overall quality of care provided to ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) patients.

“Durham Regional is proud to offer excellent care for heart emergencies,” says Michael Komada, MD, board certified interventional cardiologist. “Our multidisciplinary team comes together after caring for every patient to evaluate our performance and see if there are any areas for improvement. The fact that we are nationally recognized every year, but continue to work on ways we can improve, shows how committed we are to delivering the absolute best possible outcomes for our patients.”

ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association with support from the American College of Emergency Physicians, Society of Chest Pain Centers and the Society of Hospital Medicine. ACTION Registry–GWTG empowers healthcare teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk STEMI and NSTEMI patients.

In 2011, Durham Regional received the ACTION Registry–GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award. Gold represented eight consecutive quarters of following treatment guidelines and reaching a performance standard of 85 percent for specific performance measures. This year, by receiving Platinum, Durham Regional achieved the same goals, but met a performance standard of 90 percent.

Carpal tunnel misconceptions

Despite a common perception, multiple clinical studies have yet to find a strong connection between heavy computer use and a person’s risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. People who used a computer for up to seven hours a day have been found to have no increased risk.

Some jobs that do not involve a keyboard are more likely to lead to the condition, assembly line work for example. High-risk jobs include:

  • Cleaning
  • Finishing
  • Manufacturing
  • Packing meat, fish or poultry
  • Sewing

In fact, carpal tunnel syndrome is three times higher among assemblers than among data‑entry personnel, according to the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

So Why Do My Hands Hurt?

It takes a specialist to distinguish carpal tunnel syndrome from conditions such as tendonitis. Here are a few copycats, and how to tell them apart:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Tendonitis Arthritis
Gradual progression Sudden or gradual Gradual progression
Weakness in hands Stiffness in hands Stiffness in hands
Lost sense of heat
and cold
May feel hot May feel hot
Pain at night or
outside work
Pain during activity Pain comes in “flares”;
morning pain and stiffness
No swelling Swelling in tendons Swelling in joints
Starts in dominant hand Occurs where there is
stress on tendon
Starts in both hands

Since arthritis, tendonitis and other conditions may be compounded by carpal tunnel syndrome, if you have numbness, pain or weakness in your wrists or hands, it’s a good idea to get a specialist involved.

To find a hand specialist at Durham Regional Hospital, visit durhamregional.org.

Photos of our new Outpatient Services and Preoperative Clinic

Durham Regional’s new Outpatient Services entrance and Preoperative Clinic features dedicated parking, registration and waiting areas for patients and their loved ones.

Check out the photos below for a peek at this new area, then visit durhamregional.org/outpatient to learn more.