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Torrance Memorial Honored with American Heart Association Stroke Gold Plus Award

Torrance Memorial Honored with American Heart Association Stroke Gold Plus Award

Torrance Memorial Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines ®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award celebrates implementation of specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

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. Torrance Memorial 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.

"As a stroke center, we continue to see a steady number of patients. As the population ages, we presume that the number of people having stroke and living with it will increase. It is important that we, as a hospital for the community, continue to retain our high standards as a certified primary stroke center," said Ed Nazareth, R.N., Stroke coordinator, Torrance Memorial Stroke Program. He adds, "It is still a concerning issue nationwide that patients delay presenting to the hospital when a stroke is occurring. We at Torrance Memorial, continue to collaborate with community stakeholders in educating our public on recognizing the signs of stroke and activating our emergency systems."

"We are pleased to recognize Torrance Memorial Medical Center for their commitment and dedication to stroke care," said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., 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 treatment guidelines include starting patients on aggressive risk-reduction therapies including the use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, along with cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation counseling.

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke also helps Torrance Memorial's staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly. Hospitals can make customized patient education materials available upon discharge, based on the patients' individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format in either English or Spanish.

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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