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Published on July 29, 2013

Cape Hospitals Honored for Stroke Care

July 2013

Cape Cod Healthcare is pleased to announce that Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital have each earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award. This award recognizes each hospital's commitment and success in implementing excellence in stroke care for patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

The award is given to hospitals for their strict adherence to all Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals, and for their compliance with Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Measures. These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation. All are aimed at reducing death and disability, and improving the lives of stroke patients.

"Falmouth Hospital and Cape Cod Hospital are to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients," said Lee H. Schwamm, MD, chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines-Stroke program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes."

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke uses the "teachable moment," which is the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when he or she is most likely to listen to and follow a healthcare professional's guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce the risk of a second heart attack or stroke.

Customized patient education materials are made available upon discharge from Falmouth Hospital and Cape Cod Hospital, based on patients’ individual risk profiles.

"This honor exemplifies how our physicians, nurses and other providers are working together to make sure our patients are receiving the latest and best evaluations, treatments and aftercare," said CCHC President and CEO Michael Lauf. "Everyone involved in the care of our stroke patients at Falmouth Hospital and Cape Cod Hospital is to be commended for saving and improving the lives of so many people."

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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