Heart Attack: Patients Counseled on Smoking Cessation
What does it mean?
Staff at the hospital should give heart attack patients advice and education about stopping smoking.
Why is it important?
Research shows that a smoker has a greater chance of stopping when a physician or nurse talks about stopping and provides information to the patient while they are in the hospital.
What does it measure?
This measure is used to determine the percentage of patients who had a heart attack that received advice and education while in the hospital about quitting smoking.