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.