McKay-Dee Hospital receives gold award

Thursday , May 17, 2012 - 9:16 PM

Jamie Lampros

OGDEN -- McKay-Dee Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

The award, presented by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, recognized the hospital for its commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

The gold award is the highest status one can receive.

With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, said Greg Blackburn, operations officer at McKay-Dee Hospital. Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious long-term disability in the United States, he said.

According to the American Stroke Association, 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.

"The time is right for McKay-Dee Hospital to be focused on improving quality of stroke care by implementing Get With The Guidelines Stroke," Blackburn said. "The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidents and a large aging population."

To receive the award, McKay-Dee Hospital achieved a score of 85 percent or higher adherence to the Get With The Guidelines indicators for two or more consecutive 12 month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six out of 10 guideline measures. The measures include aggressive use of medications, cholesterol reducing drugs, smoking cessation and deep vein thrombosis prevention.

A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is interrupted or severely reduced. Because brain cells begin to die within minutes, a stroke is considered a medical emergency. Signs include slurred speech, trouble talking and walking, numbness, weakness or paralysis on one side of the body, sudden severe headache, vision trouble, loss of consciousness and trouble understanding.

Some risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, smoking, physical inactivity and being overweight can be controlled.

After suffering a stroke, patient education materials based on Get With The Guidelines-Stroke, is customized for each individual and given to them at the time of discharge.

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