GREAT NECK, NY – The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Award has been awarded to 11 North Shore-LIJ Health System hospitals, recognizing the facilities’ successes in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
To receive the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Award, each hospital achieved 24 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all stroke performance achievement indicators. These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tissue plasminogen activator (or tPA, a clot-busting drug); interventions to prevent blood clots; administration of cholesterol-reducing drugs; and, review of smoking cessation techniques with patients. All the protocols are designed to reduce mortality and disability rates, and improve the lives of stroke patients.
North Shore-LIJ hospitals received the following awards:
Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards (designation plus 75 percent or higher adherence to five additional quality measures)
Forest Hills Hospital
Glen Cove Hospital
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
North Shore University Hospital
Staten Island University Hospital
Gold Quality Achievement Award
Lenox Hill Hospital
In addition, Forest Hills Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital achieved Target: Stroke honor roll status, an additional campaign to improve outcomes for ischemic stroke patients, indicating the achievement of door-to-needle (DTN) times of 60 minutes or less in at least 50 percent of stroke cases for at least one year. Shorter DTN times have been proven to improve outcomes and, through Target: Stroke, hospital teams can work toward eliminating delays and reducing long-term disability in stroke patients.
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost,” said Richard Libman, MD, chair of North Shore-LIJ’s stroke task force and chief of vascular neurology at LIJ Medical Center. “The Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Awards demonstrate that our highly-trained physicians and nurses are committed to providing care that has been clinically proven to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients and save lives.” As New York State-designated stroke centers, all 11 hospitals have multidisciplinary stroke teams available 24 hours a day to assess and treat stroke patients.
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. Additionally, the number of patients eligible for stroke care is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and an aging population.
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 show 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. North Shore-LIJ hospitals provide customized education materials to patients when they are discharged, based on their individual risk profiles. Get With The Guidelines® is a hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations.