Edward Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s (AHA/ASA) Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Edward 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.
“This award highlights the dedication and commitment from our multidisciplinary team in successfully implementing the highest standards of stroke care,” says Zudia Neziri, RN, Neuroscience/Stroke Clinical Coordinator, Edward Hospital. “At Edward, the stroke care we provide is comprehensive and seamless, for patients not only during their hospitalization, but pre-hospital and post-discharge. Optimizing the outcomes of our stroke patients is always at the forefront of what our team does, personalizing the care of each patient, every step of the way.”
In addition, Edward Hospital received the Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’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.
“These awards make me feel very proud to be part of the stroke team,” says Rebecca McLaughlin, Stroke Clinical Coordinator and Neurology Advanced Practice Nurse. We are constantly focused on improving and looking at the next step. It’s great to take a moment to reflect on how much we have really achieved, which means positive outcomes for our patients.”
Research shows that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.
According to the AHA/ASA, stroke is the 5th leading 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.
Edward Hospital is also certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center from DNV GL Healthcare. For more information about Edward-Elmhurst Health’s stroke and vascular services, visit www.eehealth.org/services/neuro