Butler Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American
Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment
and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate
treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines
based on the latest scientific evidence.
To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve
85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement
indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75
percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke
To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, 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
tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat
ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke
symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke
and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Butler Memorial 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 quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the
most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery
and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
“In a stroke, timely care can increase the patient’s chance
of full recovery and reduce the incidence of permanent disability or possibly
death,” said Margie McLaughlin, Cardiovascular Service Coordinator. “Butler Memorial is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke
care and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s
Get With The Guidelines-Stroke helps us achieve that goal.”
“We are pleased to recognize Butler Memorial Hospital for their commitment
to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman
of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director
of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s
Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies
have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines
quality improvement measures can reduce length of stay and 30-day readmission
rates and reduce disparities in care.”
For providers, Get With The Guidelines-Stroke offers quality improvement
measures, discharge protocols, standing orders and other measurement tools.
Providing hospitals with resources and information that make it easier
to follow treatment guidelines can help save lives and ultimately reduce
overall healthcare costs by lowering readmission rates for stroke patients.
For patients, Get With The Guidelines-Stroke uses the “teachable
moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they
learn how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital and
F.A.S.T. warning signs of a stroke.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,
stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult
disability in the United States. 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.
About Get With The Guidelines®
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s
hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with
the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving
lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the
lives of more than 5 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit
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