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Vol. 70. Issue 11.
Pages 1027-1028 (November 2017)
Vol. 70. Issue 11.
Pages 1027-1028 (November 2017)
Letter to the Editor
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Initiatives to Achieve Excellence in the Care of Acute Coronary Syndrome. Response
Iniciativas para conseguir una atención excelente en el síndrome coronario agudo. Respuesta
Ana de Lorenzo-Pintoa,b,
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, Héctor Buenoc,d,e
a Servicio de Farmacia, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, Madrid, Spain
b Grupo de Farmacia Hospitalaria y Farmacogenómica, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Gregorio Marañón, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, Madrid, Spain
c Servicio de Cardiología e Instituto de investigación i+12, Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre, Madrid, Spain
d Grupo de Investigación Cardiovascular Traslacional Multidisciplinaria, Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (CNIC), Madrid, Spain
e Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
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Rev Esp Cardiol. 2017;70:1026-710.1016/j.rec.2017.05.035
Íñigo Lozano, Juan Rondán, José M. Vegas, Eduardo Segovia
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To the Editor:

We appreciate the interest shown in our article1 published in Revista Española de Cardiología and the comments made. We agree with Lozano et al. that our intervention is only one option and that it could complement other ways to improve quality of care. Undoubtedly, the 2 strategies suggested by the authors could enhance our proposed model.

In our case, we realized the need to reduce the incidence of bleeding events in patients with acute coronary syndrome due to an exhaustive coding of diagnoses. In addition to participating in the RECALCAR program, the cardiology service of Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón also participates in the Cardiac Section of the Benchmarking Club, which publishes an annual series of data comparing the participating hospitals. In 2009, patients (most with acute coronary syndromes) who underwent a percutaneous coronary intervention and who were admitted to the cardiology service of our hospital had a crude bleeding rate of 12.5%, higher than the mean of the hospitals in the Benchmarking Club (9.5%) and the national average (8.6%).2 However, the bleeding rate reported by each center is entirely reliant on the degree of hospital coding (because the analyses are based on the Spanish Minimum Basic Data Set), as correctly noted by the authors of the letter, and our hospital performed one of the most exhaustive coding of diagnoses and complications of all participating in the Benchmarking Club.

Despite the limitations inherent to these voluntary programs, our results were key to the identification of improvement opportunities and guided us toward the need to develop a multidisciplinary strategy to reduce bleeding events and assess their economic and health effects.

Adequate monitoring of health care quality requires measurement of both activity and outcomes.3 While acknowledging the limitations noted in the measurement tools and the different monitoring systems, we believe that incomplete or imperfect information is still better than no information at all. This knowledge should be the starting point for the development of strategies to improve quality of care or, in the worst case scenario, of measurement instruments or systems. Declaring that instruments do not work without doing anything to change them is not a responsible approach.


This project was made possible by a grant awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality (Orden SAS/2377/2010).


Dr. Héctor Bueno receives research funding from the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (16/00021) and Astra-Zeneca, BMS, Janssen, and Novartis and has received funds for consulting, lectures, and support to attend conferences from Abbott, Astra-Zeneca, Bayer, BMS-Pfizer, Ferrer, MEDSCAPE-the, Novartis, and Servier.

A. De Lorenzo-Pinto, A. Herranz-Alonso, B. Cuéllar-Basterrechea, J.M. Bellón-Cano, M. Sanjurjo-Sáez, H. Bueno.
Clinical and economic impact of a multisciplinary intervention to reduce bleeding risk in patients with acute coronary syndrome.
Rev Esp Cardiol., 70 (2017), pp. 825-831
Hospitales top 20 benchmarks para la excelencia 2010 Club de Benchmarking del Área del Corazón 2009. IASIST 2010 [Accessed 13 Jun 2017]. Available at:
S.C. Smith Jr., G.C. Fonarow, I.L. Piña, et al.
Improving quality of cardiac care: a global mandate.
Rev Esp Cardiol., 68 (2015), pp. 924-927
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