Quality and Outcomes Reports - Herma Heart Center
Electrocardiogram (EKG)- Volume
Why we measure it - EKG's are simple, quick and painless tests, however reading pediatric results needs a high degree of specialization. Research shows that physicians and hospitals that treat a large number of patients gain experience and therefore tend to provide better care and have improved outcomes for treatments and procedures.
What this means - An electrocardiogram is a test that records the electrical activity of the heart, shows abnormal rhythms (arrhythmias or dysrhythmias) and detects heart muscle damage.
About the data - This graph reflects EKG procedures captured in our billing system in years 2007-2010.
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What we're doing to provide the best care:
- We expanded our clinic space to care for more patients.
- We have new systems in place to report results more quickly, such as MUSE where the results are automatically delivered to the referring physician.
- We established a results turnaround goal of 24 to 48 hours.
- We developed innovative programs including 24-hour holter monitoring where every heart beat is recorded for a 24-hour period through a mobile EKG machine and trans telethonic event recorder that sends heart signals over the phone.
- We are involved in research studies such as family history of sudden deaths and the use of EKGs as a screening tool for medication side effects.
Patients and families:
- If you cannot keep a scheduled appointment, please call Central Scheduling at (877) 607-5280 or (414) 607-5280 as soon as possible to reschedule so another child can be seen.
- Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so we can gather needed information from you before you see the doctor.
- Bring the name, address, phone and fax numbers of your primary care and/or referring doctor so we can update them appropriately on your care.
- Bring a full list of the medications your child is taking including over-the-counter medicines such as vitamins and supplements.
- Fill out and fax a referral form prior to sending the patient to Children's Hospital for outpatient ancillary services or a specialty clinic visit.
- Forward any pertinent patient documentation, including test results, to the specialty physician's office prior to the patient's visit.
- Referring physicians can access our specialists for consultation or transport 24 hours a day. Call our physician referral line at (800) 266-0366.
- Health care providers from outside of our southeastern Wisconsin service area are encouraged to use our web-based
e-Consult service. This service is available for non-urgent patient cases only and gives providers access to our specialists to review patient cases, obtain medical advice or second opinions, and receive care recommendations for rare symptoms and illnesses.
e-Consult is not to be used by the general public, parents/guardians or families.
- Care guidelines for medical professionals
- Educational materials
- Pocket Directory
If you have questions about this information, email us or call (414) 266-6556.