Wednesday, June 29, 2011
ABHS Recognized For Excellence In Stroke Treatment
Alexian Brothers Health System Recognized For Excellence In Stroke Treatment
(Arlington Heights, IL) -- Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center have both been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association with the Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG)-Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. This achievement demonstrates success in implementing GWTG evidence-based guidelines for excellence in stroke treatment.
The Gold Plus Award is presented to hospitals who achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to GWTG stroke care indicators for two or more consecutive 12 month intervals and 7 5 percent or higher compliance with six out of 10 quality measures. These measures are designed to reduce death and disability in stroke victims by emphasizing rapid use of medication such as tPA, anticoagulants, and cholesterol lowering drugs. The guidelines also emphasize secondary event prevention efforts such as smoking cessation.
According to the American Stroke Association, one minute of brain ischemia can kill two million nerve cells and 14 billion synapses. “With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award demonstrates Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center’s commitment to offering some of the top services in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” says Wende Fedder, Administrative Director of the Neurosciences Institute. “We will continue with our focus on providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols.” “Alexian Brothers Health System is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” says Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”
Studies show that patients who are taught to manage risk factors while in the hospital reduce their risk of a second event. Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke emphasizes taking advantage of the “teachable moment” after a patient has had a stroke and is most likely to follow their healthcare professional’s advice. The program offers customized, easy-to-read patient education materials that can be given at discharge and that are available in English or Spanish. Their Patient Management Tool also provides an online, interactive assessment and reporting system that helps track a hospital’s success in delivering guidelines-based treatment.
In addition to the Gold Plus designation, Alexian Brothers Medical Center was also named to American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Target: Stroke honor roll, a quality improvement campaign specifically aimed at helping hospitals achieve door-to-needle times of 60 minutes or less. Over 800 hospitals nationwide participate in the program, and Alexian Brothers Medical Center is the only hospital in northern Illinois to meet the standards to be named to the Target: Stroke honor roll. The hospital met the one-hour-or-less window from emergency department arrival to iV rt-PA therapy in more than 50% of cases for the study period.
“The time is right for Alexian Brothers Health System to be focused on improving the quality of stroke care by implementing Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke. The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population,” said Fedder. Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center will be recognized at the next International Stroke Conference, and listed in AHA recognition ads in Stroke, the Best Hospitals issue of U.S. News & World Report and at www.heart.org