UW Health Wins Stroke Treatment Honors
Madison, Wisconsin – The UW Comprehensive Stroke Center received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Silver Plus Achievement Award.
The award recognizes UW's success in giving excellent care to stroke patients by following evidence-based guidelines.
The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics won the award by achieving 85 percent or higher adherence to all association guidelines for 12 consecutive months.
These include aggressive use of "clot busting" medications such as t-PA, "blood-thinning" and cholesterol-reducing drugs, and helping patients quit smoking. The hospital also achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 other quality measures related to quality of care.
In addition, UW Hospital won the association's Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care. Over the past quarter, at least 50 percent of eligible ischemic stroke patients have received IV t-PA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital - known as "door-to-needle" time. (In practice, the hospital achieved this goal with more than 70 percent of patients in 2011.)
"Research clearly shows that the faster one's stroke is treated, the better the recovery, so we’re continually focused on improving our door-to-needle times," says Dr. Justin Sattin, assistant professor of Neurology and Medical Director of the UW Health Comprehensive Stroke Center. "We're very pleased to have our work recognized by this national award and will strive to continue improving the quality of our patient care."
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
Date Published: 03/09/2012