|Stroke Gold Plus Award|
St. Charles receives Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award: Award demonstrates St. Charles Hospital's commitment to quality care for stroke patients
St. Charles Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get with the Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital's commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
To receive the award, St. Charles achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get with the Guidelines®-Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of nine Get with the Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.
These 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.
"This achievement demonstrates St. Charles Hospital's commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the area for providing aggressive, proven stroke care," said Jim O'Connor, executive vice president, chief administrative officer, St. Charles. "We will continue with our focus on providing care through evidence-based protocols to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients." "St. Charles is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients," said 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."
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.
Through Get with the Guidelines®-Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients' individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format and are available in English and Spanish. In addition, the Get with the Guidelines®-Stroke Patient Management Tool gives healthcare providers access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care.
"The time is right for St. Charles 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 Michael Sauter, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of the Stroke Program, St. Charles Hospital.
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 the Stroke Program at St. Charles Hospital, please call (631) 474-6797.