CHAMP was designed to reduce the deadly risks and consequences of heart disease by improved use of secondary prevention treatments. Through this focused hospital based program, it has been demonstrated that the treatment gap for secondary prevention can be reduced and patient survival after discharge improved. The methods and tools used to implement CHAMP are available on this web site. By applying a similar program in your hospital setting, you can improve the care of your cardiovascular patients and save lives.

This web site describes the design, rationale, and results of CHAMP. It provides all the tools you need to implement a hospital based atherosclerosis treatment program. Included are the UCLA CHAMP Clinical Practice Guideline, UCLA LDL Treatment to Goal Guideline, UCLA Cardiac Preprinted Admission Orders, CHAMP Care Maps, Cardiac Discharge Orders, Patient Tracking Forms, Patient Education Materials, and Key Scientific References. There are downloadable slide sets. Links to other useful web sites are also provided.

All the tools you need to start a similar program in your hospital are available on this web site. Applying this program at your hospital will improve treatment rates, reduce the risk of recurrent hospitalization, and save lives

Assess your current treatment intervention rates. If you provide care at one of the 1500 National Registry of Myocardial Infarction Hospitals, this data is already available for your hospital. Regional, Statewide, and National Data from this registry and other data sources demonstrates that significant treatment gaps exist and there is substantial opportunities to improve.

Each time you see one of your patients with atherosclerosis, whether in the hospital or the outpatient office setting, make sure they are receiving each of the four cardiovascular survival medications, unless contraindicated or not tolerated (aspirin, beta blocker, ACE inhibitors, statin) and have achieved LDL < 100 mg/dl and BP target levels.

Take advantage of hospitalization as a “teachable moment”. Patients are more likely to follow guidance and be compliant with mediations immediately after they have had an event.

Create a team within your hospital to improve implementation of secondary prevention treatments for atherosclerosis and improve adherence to national guidelines. This team can apply quality improvement measures such as preprinted admission orders, care maps, discharge protocols and monitor your hospitals progress with data monitoring tools. The tools utilized at UCLA for the CHAMP Program are all available for your use from this web site.

Monitor the treatment rates for patients hospitalized with cardiac disease and make sure they are improving.

For further information please contact: Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D.

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