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Published on June 17, 2014

Falmouth Hospital Honored for Stroke Care

Cape Cod Healthcare is pleased to announce that Falmouth Hospital has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. This award recognizes the 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.

“We are pleased to recognize Falmouth Hospital for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, national chairman of the Get With the Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With the Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Falmouth Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability, and improving the lives of stroke patients.

Get With the Guidelines – Stroke also helps hospital staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs of stroke and ensuring they take their medications properly.

“This recognition shows that our physicians, nurses and other providers at Falmouth Hospital are working together to make sure our patients are receiving the latest and best evaluations, treatments and aftercare for stroke,” said CCHC President and CEO Michael Lauf. “Everyone involved in the care of our stroke patients 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 the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult 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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