Overview | Atrial Fibrillation Implementation toolkit

Hospital-Based Quality Improvement in Stroke Prevention for Patients with Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation

The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) devised this Implementation Guide as a tool intended to improve the care of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) in the hospital setting.

This Guide will allow you to impact AF care at both the individual patient and the institutional levels, and is intended for hospital leadership such as Chief Medical Officers (CMOs), Vice Presidents of Medical Affairs (VPMAs), Chief Quality Officers (CQOs), quality department personnel, process change leaders and front-line clinicians. In addition, given the interdisciplinary nature of inpatient quality improvement efforts, this Guide will also find an audience with nursing leadership, pharmacists, nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs) and other care providers.

The Atrial Fibrillation Implementation guide is intended to provide a step by step approach to help promote evidence-based management of AF-associated stroke risk when patients are hospitalized, as well as in the post-discharge transitional phase.

The guide features:

  • Section I: Introduction to Atrial Fibrillation
    • Rationale for Improving Care & Determining the Scope of Hospital-Based Afib QI Initiatives
  • Section: How to Implement and Sustain an Atrial Fibrillation QI Program
    • Forming a Team
    • Obtaining Institutional Support
    • Accessing the Current State
    • Identifying Best Practices
    • Choose metrics & Develop a Data Collection Plan
    • Deploy Interventions & Monitor Impacts
    • Improve Transitions of Care for Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

SHM is dedicated to the continuous improvement of the products and services that we offer. This Implementation Guide continues to be a work in progress; we highly encourage and welcome constructive criticism and feedback via email to afib@hospitalmedicine.org.
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