UW Comprehensive Stroke Center Wins Top Stroke Care Award

Group Photo of UW Comprehensive Stroke Program Madison, Wisconsin – University Hospital 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 treating stroke patients using research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.


The UW Comprehensive Stroke Center earned the award by meeting quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. These evidence-based guidelines are designed to speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.


“The UW Comprehensive Stroke Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s guidelines,” said Dr. Robert Dempsey, chair of neurosurgery and the stroke center’s surgical director. “These tools help us track and measure our success in meeting evidence-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”


The hospital also received the association’s Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll. For this award, the hospital developed quality measures to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival and treatment with a clot-busting drug known as tPA.


“We are very proud to have earned this award,’’ said Dr. Luke Bradbury, a stroke neurologist who is medical director of the UW Stroke Center.  “It is truly a reflection of how dedicated this entire institution is to improving care for stroke patients.  Nurses, therapists, data specialists, and physicians from multiple departments all come together to meet these strenuous measures of excellence in stroke care.”


Dr. Eric E. Smith, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada said he was pleased to see the UW stroke center earn the award.


“Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through (this) quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates,” Smith said.


According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 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.


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Date Published: 06/14/2018

News tag(s):  stroke

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