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Tuesday, December 03, 2013 - Munson Medical Center Recognized for Stroke Care Efforts

Munson Medical Center Recognized for Stroke Care Efforts
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association honors hospital

Munson Medical Center recently was recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

The award recognizes Munson Medical Center’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.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain loss, and this recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association demonstrates that our staff is committed to providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols,” said Don Caraccio, M.D., chairman of Munson Medical Center’s Medical Department.

The award represents 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators and at least 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures during that same period of time. These guidelines represent benchmarks to measure quality of care.

These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as 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.

During the past quarter, 63 percent of the hospital’s eligible ischemic stroke patients have received tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital, known as door-to-needle time. A clot-busting agent, tPA is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the urgent treatment of ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reverse the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability.

National statistics show that stroke is the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

“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 Kathleen Glaza, M.S.N., R.N., A.C.N.S., BC, clinical nurse specialist with Munson’s stroke program. “It is important to be focused on improving the quality of stroke care by implementing the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program.”