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Quality Measures

Stroke Care

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. Brain cells in the immediate area begin to die because they stop getting the oxygen and nutrients they need to function. There are two major kinds of stroke:

  • An ischemic stroke is caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel or artery in the brain.
  • A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a blood vessel in the brain that breaks and bleeds into the brain.

Strokes can cause a loss of the ability to speak, memory problems, or paralysis on one side of the body. Getting the right care at the right time can help reduce the risk of complications and another stroke. These measures show some of the standards of stroke care that hospitals should follow, for adults who have had a stroke.

Reporting Period: January 2015 - September 2015

Timely Stroke Care

Ischemic stroke patients who got medicine to break up blood clot within 3 hours after symptoms started.

Cape Cod Hospital N/A
Falmouth Hospital N/A
State of MA 86%
National

86%

Ischemic stroke patients who received medicine known to prevent complications caused by blood clots within 2 days of arriving at the hospital.

Cape Cod Hospital 100%
Falmouth Hospital 100%
State of MA 99%
National 98%

Ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke patients who received treatment to keep blood clots from forming anywhere in the body within 2 days of arriving at the hospitals.

Cape Cod Hospital 99%
Falmouth Hospital 100%
State of MA 97%
National 97%

Effective Stroke Care

Ischemic stroke patients who received a prescription for medicine known to prevent complications caused by blood clots before discharge.

Cape Cod Hospital 100%
Falmouth Hospital 100%
State of MA 100%
National 99%

Ischemic stroke patients with a type of irregular heartbeat who were given a prescription for a blood thinner at discharge.

Cape Cod Hospital 100%
Falmouth Hospital 100%
State of MA 98%
National 97%

Ischemic stroke patients needing medicine to lower cholesterol, who were given a prescription for this medicine before discharge.

Cape Cod Hospital 97%
Falmouth Hospital 99%
State of MA 97%
National 97%

Ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke patients or caregivers who received written educational materials about stroke care and prevention during hospital stay.

Cape Cod Hospital 99%
Falmouth Hospital 100%
State of MA 92%
National 94%

Ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke patients or caregivers who were evaluated for rehabilitation services.

Cape Cod Hospital 100%
Falmouth Hospital 100%
State of MA 98%
National 98%