University of Louisville Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associationâ€™s Get With The GuidelinesÂ® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospitalâ€™s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
UofL Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
â€śThe UofL Hospital â€“ Comprehensive Stroke Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Associationâ€™s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,â€ť said Kerri Remmel, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of the UofL Hospital â€“ Comprehensive Stroke Center. â€śThe tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.â€ťÂ
UofL Hospital additionally received the associationâ€™s Target: StrokeSM Elite Plus award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patientâ€™s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
â€śWe are pleased to recognize UofL Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,â€ť said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. â€śResearch has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.â€ť
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.