Fifth year in a row for award
MAYWOOD, Ill. - For the fifth year in a row, Loyola University Medical Center has received a Get with the Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.
Get with the Guidelines-Stroke helps Loyola’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a Web-based patient-management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.
The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives.
Following Get with the Guidelines-Stroke treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies, including the use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, along with cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking-cessation counseling. These are aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for achievement awards.
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.