‘New toolkit improves heart attack care in Indian hospitals’

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Washington: A simple quality toolkit may help improve the outcomes of heart attacks and other major cardiovascular disease events in Indian hospitals, a major study suggests.

The toolkit of checklists, education materials and quality and performance reporting improved the quality of care in hospitals in Kerala, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Previous studies have identified gaps in the quality of care in Kerala, researchers said.

An international consortium, including Northwestern University in the US and several Indian institutions, recruited over 21,000 patients from 63 hospitals between 2014 and 2016 to try and improve heart attack care.

The Acute Coronary Syndrome Quality Improvement in Kerala (ACS QUIK) study represents the largest randomised trial in cardiovascular medicine in India to date, researchers said.

It is an important milestone in a country that has more heart attacks than any other, they said.

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