St. Barnabas Hospital Scores Gold Stroke Award

       
St. Barnabas Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the second consecutive year.  The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
       
Get With The Guidelines–Stroke helps hospital’s develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.
               
The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives. These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
       
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award once again demonstrates our commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Dr. Scott Segan, a board certified neurologist and Director of the Stroke Center at St. Barnabas Hospital .According to Dr. Segan, recognition was the result of collaboration between multiple departments within the hospital, including emergency medicine, critical care, neurology and radiology, among others. 
   
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term 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.

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