Quality Care and Outcomes

The Institute analyzes the results of care decisions made over time to help ensure consistent clinical quality and informed decision making by both physicians and patients. This evidence-based decision making demonstrates how certain treatments and interventions affect patient outcomes, such as morbidity (complication rates), mortality (survival rates) and quality of life, leading to continual improvement of care.

Exceptional Nursing Care

Our nurses — many with extensive experience — play a particularly important role in ensuring a positive outcome for patients in the post-surgical or post-procedural phase of their visit.

All Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute nursing staff must attain a high level of skill in specialized cardiac and vascular care procedures, including EKG interpretation, cardiac care, heart failure issues and intravenous medication administration.

Nursing staff caring for patients who have undergone thoracic and vascular surgeries have specialized training in such areas as chest tube management and temporary pacemaker care. Nursing staff caring for post-procedural cardiology patients, including those who have undergone interventional cardiology, have specialized training in areas such as femoral sheath removal, AMI and angina, and conscious sedation.

Registered Nurses on the inpatient floors are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Progressive Cardiac Clinical Nursing (PCCN). These RNs also are trained in providing continuous cardiac telemetry monitoring for rhythm abnormalities.