Three UofL Health facilities have received the American Heart Association /American Stroke Associationâ€™s Get With The GuidelinesÂ®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospitalsâ€™ commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
The distinctions awarded the facilities are as follows:
- UofL Health - UofL Hospital: Get with the GuidelinesĂ˘ Stroke Gold Plus; Stroke Honor Roll Elite
- UofL Health - Mary & Elizabeth Hospital: Get with the GuidelinesĂ˘ Stroke Gold Plus; Stroke Honor Roll Elite; Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
- UofL Health - Jewish Hospital: Get with the GuidelinesĂ˘ Stroke Gold Plus
These facilities 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 and schedule a follow-up visit, as well as other care transition interventions.
â€śUofL Health is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients.â€ť said Dr. Kerri Remmel, Medical Director of UofL Health - Comprehensive Stroke Program. â€śThe American Heart Associationâ€™s Gold Plus Award recognizes the gold standard in stroke care and provides an extra level of assurance that UofL Health has the expertise, technology and resources to save more lives.â€ť
Additionally, UofL Hospital and Mary & Elizabeth Hospital both earned the StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite 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.
Mary & Elizabeth Hospital also received the Associationâ€™s Type 2 Honor Roll award by meeting quality measures developed with more than 90 percent compliance for 12 consecutive months for the â€śOverall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.â€ť
"We are pleased to recognize UofL Health for its 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, Massachusetts. 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. However, the best chance of a positive outcome is early intervention.
With strokes, seconds can mean the difference between life and death, between a full recovery or not. So if youâ€™re experiencing signs of stroke, the most important thing you can do is call 911, or get to the ER closest to you,â€ť said Remmel. â€śFrom there, your health care team can determine the best course of future action. In the case of a stroke, seconds matter, so donâ€™t delay.â€ť
Common signs of stroke are as follows:
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or difficulty understanding speech
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or lack of coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden throbbing or cramping pain, extreme swelling or warmth in a leg or arm
- Sudden breathlessness, sharp chest pain
If you or a loved one are experiencing signs of stroke, call 911 immediately, or proceed to the closest emergency room.
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