The Brooklyn Hospital Center Receives Award for Stroke-Related Care

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The Brooklyn Hospital Center Receives Award for Stroke-Related Care

June 3, 2010

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s (TBHC) Stroke Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award.

The award recognizes TBHC’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award demonstrates that our staff is committed to providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols,” said hospital President and CEO Richard B. Becker, MD.

“We’re delighted to receive this recognition for our hospital’s Stroke Center,” says its director Naveen Goyal, MD, who noted that TBHC is a designated stroke center and ranked in the top tier of New York hospitals for its treatment of stroke patients. “There is just a small window available to administer clot-busting tPA to patients with a stroke, so speed is of the essence. Our ability to improve outcomes for stroke patients can be attributed to the excellence of our team, including our wonderful EMS, medical and nursing staff.”

To receive the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award, TBHC achieved at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Performance Achievement indicators and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures during that same period of time.

These measures include aggressive and timely use of treatments, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

“The Brooklyn Hospital Center 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.

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 third leading cause of death in the United States and a 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.

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