BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Souce: Boca Raton Regional Hospital) — Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s 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.
The 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 mortality 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.
“Boca Raton Regional Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Frank D. Vrionis, MD, MPH, PhD, Director of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Regional. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes. This is a wonderful accomplishment for the Marcus Neuroscience Institute.” Commenting further, Dr. Vrionis said, “However, it is important to emphasize that this honor also reflects the talent and expertise of our Emergency Department staff and local Emergency Medical Services professionals.”
BRRH additionally received the association’s Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite PlusSM 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.
“We are pleased to recognize Boca Raton Regional Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., National Chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown
that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”
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 in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.