The Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign’s first Cardiovascular Health Best Practice Intervention Package (BPIP) was posted on August 1, and we’re happy to report that home health agencies are already putting it into practice. One of those agencies is Home Care of the Carolinas (HCC) in Albemarle, North Carolina.
The quality assurance team at HCC used the template included in the BPIP to create their own Cardiovascular Health Bulletin Board that highlights facts and figures associated with Aspirin as appropriate and Blood pressure control. These are both key components of the national Million Hearts® initiative’s “ABCS” of preventive cardiovascular care.
When asked what motivated HCC to use the information from the HHQI Cardiovascular Health Part 1 BPIP, HCC’s Sharlyn Lowder, RN, QA, said, “I thought it was great information to share, not only for the patients, but also with our employees here at HCC and Alliance Medical Incorporated (AMI). We found the bulletin board template very user-friendly and thought it would be a great visual resource.”
Lowder also provided her staff with handouts and the test from the BPIP. “I made copies of the educational materials and gave them to all of our nurses. We also watched the recording of the BPIP webinar in one of our case conferences,” reported Lowder.
HHQI salutes Home Care of the Carolinas for using the Cardiovascular Health Part 1 BPIP to provide educational resources to their staff and patients about cardiovascular health.
If you’d like to share how your home health organization is putting HHQI’s BPIP tools and resources into action, please email Eve Esslinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.