Courtesy of The Times
Methodist Hospitals recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Methodist Hospital's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment for at least 24 months according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
Methodist Hospitals has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.
To receive the award, Methodist Hospitals demonstrated 85 percent adherence in the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke key measures for 24 or more consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs, and smoking cessation.