BOUNTIFUL -- Lakeview Hospital has received the Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award for its commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care for patients.
The American Heart and American Stroke Association's "Get With the Guidelines" presented the award to the hospital for consistently following its treatment guidelines and stroke program for 90 days.
With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the award addresses the important element of time, said Tiffany Burnett, Lakeview Hospital public relations director.
"In a stroke patient, brain cells are compromised as each second passes," Burnett said. "Patients who experience a stroke can be left with debilitating deficits affecting not only their health and well-being but their quality of life."
"Get With the Guidelines" offers several levels of achievement: bronze, silver, gold, silver plus and gold plus. While the bronze award recognizes 90 days of consecutive performance, the gold award recognizes 24 months or more of consecutive performance.
"We have by no means arrived," Burnett said. "We continue to examine our processes, educate our community and partner with our EMS colleagues in the county to provide the kind of care we would want our loved ones to receive."
The American Heart and American Stroke Association said stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average nationwide, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds. Every four minutes, someone dies from a stroke, and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
The Brain Attack Coalition published recommendations for the establishment of primary stroke centers in 2000, and in 2003, the Joint Commission began certifying stroke centers based on these recommendations.
The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs in the United States, according to www.about.com. McKay-Dee Hospital and Ogden Regional Medical Center are both Joint Commission-certified stroke hospitals.
Lakeview has been certified as a stroke center through the state of Utah.
Stroke warning signs
* Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
* Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
* Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
* Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
* Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
Source: The American Stroke Association