Loyola also named to Stroke Honor roll
MAYWOOD, Ill. (April 9, 2014) - For the sixth year in a row, Loyola University Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
Get With The Guidelines helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines, with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Loyola 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 aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
Loyola also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-busting drug tPA, used to treat the most common type of stroke. Patients who receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover more quickly and are less likely to suffer severe disability.
“Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stay and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Get With The Guidelines-Stroke also help Loyola’s staff implement prevention measures, such as educating stroke patients how to manage their risk factors, recognize stroke warning signs and take their medications properly.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 4 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.
For more information on Get With The Guidelines, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/myhealthcare.