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NEWTON-WELLESLEY HOSPITAL EARNS STROKE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
NEWTON, Mass. (May, 2011) – Newton-Wellesley Hospital recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award. The award recognizes Newton-Wellesley’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
To receive the award, Newton-Wellesley Hospital achieved of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Achievement 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, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.
In addition to the Get With The Guideline-Stroke award, Newton-Wellesley Hospital has 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 eligible ischemic stroke patients have received tPA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time). Only 10 hospitals in the state have achieved this status.
Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is a thrombolytic agent (clot-busting drug) approved for use in certain patients having a heart attack or stroke. The drug can dissolve blood clots, which cause most heart attacks and strokes. tPA is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)for the acute (urgent) treatment of ischemic stroke. In 1996 the FDA approved the use of tPA to treat ischemic stroke in the first three hours after the start of symptoms. This makes it very important for people who think they're having a stroke to seek help immediately. If given promptly, tPA can significantly reduce the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability. tPA can only be given to a person within the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms.
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award demonstrates Newton-Wellesley’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Avraham Almozlino, MD, Chief, Neurology, Newton-Wellesley Hospital. “We will continue with our focus on providing care that has been shown to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients.”
Get With The Guidelines–Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke. According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
Newton-Wellesley is a full system member of Partners HealthCare System, Inc. (PHCS), a nonprofit organization that includes acute care hospitals Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals, The North Shore Medical Center, and specialty hospitals McLean Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as Dana-Farber/Partners CancerCare, and the community-based doctors and hospitals of Partners Community HealthCare, Inc.
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