PIKEVILLE - Pikeville Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The GuidelinesÂ®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the second year.
The award recognizes Pikeville Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
To receive the award, Pikeville Medical Center achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality 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.
These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
In addition to the Get With The Guideline-Stroke award, Pikeville Medical Center has also been recognized as a recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care.
Over the past quarter, at least 50 percent of the hospital’s eligible ischemic stroke patients have received tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as â€˜door-to-needle’ time).
A thrombolytic, or clot-busting agent, tPA is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the urgent treatment of ischemic stroke.
If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reverse the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability.
â€œPikeville Medical Center is honored to win this award two years in a row. Being the only Primary Stroke Center in Kentucky to achieve this is something to be proud of,â€ said Dr. Naveed Ahmed, Pikeville Medical Center Chief of Staff and Director of the Primary Stroke Center.
â€œThis is a great honor for Pikeville Medical Center and I credit the dedication, support and care of our great team. The emergency department, EMS, Pikeville Medical Center Stroke Team and Dr. Sujati Gutti provide quality work at all times.â€
â€œPikeville Medical Center is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,â€ 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.
â€œThe 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.â€
Get With The Guidelinesâ€“Stroke uses the â€œteachable moment,â€ the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their health care 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.
Through Get With The Guidelinesâ€“Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles.
The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format and are available in English and Spanish.
In addition, the Get With The Guidelines Patient Management Tool gives health care providers access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States.
On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
For more information about PMC’s stroke services, call Stroke Coordinator Stephanie Turner at 606-218-6311.