Target Stroke Honor Roll Designation Only One in the State and 1 of only 85 Nationally.
Kent Hospital has been recognized as a recipient of the American Heart Association/American stroke Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care. This means at least 50 percent of eligible ischemic stroke patients have received IV rt-PA (TPA or “stroke buster” medication) within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time), assessed on a quarterly basis. Kent Hospital is the only hospital in the state of Rhode Island and 1 of 85 nationally, to receive this prestigious distinction.
Kent also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award. The award recognizes Kent Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
To receive the award, Kent achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.
“Kent is extremely pleased to receive these two significant distinctions in the clinical field of stroke care. The ability to provide key treatments in a timely manner means a greater possibility for improved outcomes for our patients. This is certainly good news for those suffering a stroke,” said Kent President and CEO, Sandra Coletta.
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award demonstrates Kent Hospital’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said S.M Arshad Iqbal, M.D. “We will continue with our focus on providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols.”
“Kent Hospital is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”
Get With The Guidelines–Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the 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.