RMCBP Recognized as a Gold (Plus) Stroke Award Recipient
March 01, 2012
Hudson, FL – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has announced that it was recently recognized at the International Stroke Conference for achieving a Stroke Gold Plus Award as part of the “Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Program.” RMCBP received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award in recognition of its commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
To receive the award, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point achieved 85% or higher adherence to all Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12 month intervals and achieved 75% or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measure, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.
These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, 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.
Get With the Guidelines-Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.
Through Get With the Guideline-Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format and are available in English and Spanish. In addition, the Get With The Guidelines Patient Management Tool gives healthcare providers access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care. According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term 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.
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