Crouse Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver-Plus Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
To receive the award, Crouse achieved at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Performance indicators and achieved at least 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures during that same time period. As a New York State-designated stroke center, Crouse is the only Syracuse-area hospital to achieve Silver-Plus designation for its stroke program.
The Stroke Quality Measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. “With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the silver-plus achievement award demonstrates that our staff is committed to providing care that has been shown to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols,” says Sami Abdul-Malak, MD, medical director of Crouse’s stroke program.
“Crouse Hospital is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Lee Schwamm, MD, 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.”
Get With The Guidelines Stroke uses the “teachable moment” – the time soon after a patient has had a stroke – when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
For more information on Get With The Guidelines, visit www.americanheart.org/getwiththeguidelines.