American Stroke Association Lauds UW Hospital's Stroke Care

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MADISON - University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics has been awarded the top performance award for achieving the American Stroke Association's guidelines for longer than two years.
This means patients at UW Hospital's Comprehensive Stroke Center get the most effective possible care. Because minutes lost are brain cells lost, the UW stroke center has a goal of identifying a potential stroke patient within 10 minutes of arrival, getting the patient to a diagnostic scan within a half-hour, and into treatment within an hour.
UW Hospital was the only Madison-area hospital to win the award and one of five in Wisconsin. To win the Get With The GuidelinesSM–Stroke (GWTG–­Stroke) Gold Performance Achievement Award, UW Hospital demonstrated 85 percent adherence to key measures for 24 or more consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation.
"We're pleased that the American Stroke Association has recognized our expertise in giving our stroke patients the very best care," said UW Health stroke neurologist Dr. Justin Sattin.
He noted that the UW Comprehensive Stroke Center offers:
  • Five stroke neurologists, part of an interdisciplinary team that includes neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, neuroanesthesiologists and neurointerventionalists.
  • Comprehensive, interdisciplinary stroke rehabilitation, including physiatrists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists.
  • The area's greatest level of experience in endovascular treatments to reduce stroke damage and prevent future strokes.
  • Neurosurgical expertise, including carotid endarterectomy and aneurysm clipping, that is unparalleled in the region.
  • A neurological intensive care unit with specialized nursing staff.
  • The area's most experienced neuroradiologists: the UW Hospital staff conducts about 30,000 neuroradiology procedures every year, including advanced MRI and MRA, functional MRI, angiography, ultrasound, transcranial Doppler and fast, comprehensive CT and MR stroke imaging protocols.

Date Published: 08/21/2009

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