OGDEN -- McKay-Dee Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
The hospital achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines 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.
According to the American Heart Association and the 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.
Symptoms include sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body, confusion, trouble speaking and understanding, trouble seeing in one or both eyes, trouble walking, dizziness and loss of balance and severe headache. Woman can also display sudden hiccups, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness and palpitations.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and food. Brain cells begin to die within minutes.
"With a stroke, time lost is brain lost," said Mark Allen, McKay-Dee Hospital operations officer. "We will continue with our focus on providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with
Dr. Lee H. Schwamm, chairman of the Get With The Guidelines national steering committee and director of TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, said McKay-Dee Hospital is to be commended for its commitment in implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients.
"The 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," he said.
The measures of care 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 stroke award, McKay-Dee Hospital 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.
The clot busting agent is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the urgent treatment of ischemic stroke if given in the first three hours after the onset.