Bassett’s other important performance indicators include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies to reduce death and disability and improve the lives of stroke patients, the release said.
The use of clot-busting drugs, antithrombotic and anticoagulant drugs that prevent clots from forming, and cholesterol-lowering medications have all allowed Bassett to reduce risk and provide the best care, Deringer said.
Secondary prevention of stroke is important, Deringer said, as patients who have had a stroke or “mini-stroke” are at a higher risk of having another stroke.
Deringer said patients can help medical professionals to further increase efficiency of stroke treatment by seeking medical attention as quickly as possible.
“If you thinking you’re having a stroke, get to the hospital,” Deringer said.
Symptoms to watch out for include loss of speech, change in vision, sudden dizziness, weakness on one side or irregular heartbeat, Deringer said.
Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and readmission rates, Bassett’s release said.
The Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award reinforces that individuals in this region are getting the best care possible, Deringer said. They are in good hands.
“This award is welcome recognition,” he said, “of our consistent performance of top-notch treatment for stroke victims.”