American Stroke Association Award recognizes Long Beach Memorial’s commitment to quality stroke care
Long Beach Medical Center received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. The award recognizes Long Beach Memorial’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines - Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Long Beach Memorial earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.
These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed,” says Angie West, RN, MSN, CCRN-K, SCRN, ANVP, director, stroke program, Long Beach Medical Center. “This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely. Long Beach Medical Center continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines - Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”
Long Beach Medical Center has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.
Get With The Guidelines - Stroke puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines - Stroke has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
About the Stroke Program at Long Beach Medical Center:
Long Beach Medical Center is a dedicated Stroke Receiving Center for Los Angeles County – and has achieved the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's “Get With The Guidelines®” Gold Plus achievement award for three consecutive years. Long Beach Medical Center provides high-quality neuro-interventional services allowing less invasive surgeries to be performed on complicated neurovascular conditions. Long Beach Medical Center is one of a few hospitals in California to have a 320 slice computed tomography (CT) scanner that provides clear images of the brain to diagnose areas of the brain affected in a matter of minutes rather than hours. Long Beach Medical Center’s stroke team is on-site 24/7. Visit MemorialCare.org/LBStroke, like us at Facebook.com/LBMedicalCenter, follow us on Twitter @LBMedicalCenter and on Instagram @LBMedicalCenter.
About Get With The Guidelines®
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.