Stroke Care Excellence
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth recently received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.This marks the eighth year that BID-Plymouth has been recognized with a quality achievement award.
Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. BID-Plymouth earned the award by achieving 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieving 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight quality measures.
“BID-Plymouth is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program continues to help us to accomplish this goal,” said Jane Stiles, RN, emergency medical services and stroke coordinator at BID-Plymouth. “With this award, our hospital demonstrates our dedication to ensuring that our patients receive the best possible care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult 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.
If you believe that someone is having a stroke, remember to act FAST:
F – Does their face look uneven?
A – Does one arm drift down?
S – Does their speech sound strange?
T – Time to call 9-1-1 if you observe these signs.