St. Mary’s Receives Recognition from American Heart Association
The American Heart Association this week recognized SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital for its treatment of stroke victims.
The hospital received the SilverPlus Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement Award for its commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment, according to nationally recognized guidelines.
The rewards are offered in three levels, depending on the duration of the high level performances.
Bronze awards recognize performance for 90 consecutive days, Silver for 12 consecutive months, and Gold for 24 consecutive months.
Hospitals are assessed on these criteria:
â¢ Patients with stroke caused by blood clots arrive at the hospital within two hours of the onset of the stroke and are treated within three hours with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). TPA can dissolve clots that cause a stroke.
â¢ Provide antithrombotic therapy (to reduce blood clots) to patients from the start of their hospital stay.
â¢ Provide prophylactic treatment for venous thromboembolism (VTE) (such as blood thinners) to prevent blood clots.
â¢ Prescribe antithrombotic treatment on discharge.
â¢ When discharging patients with atrial fibrillation / flutter, patients take anticoagulant drugs.
â¢ Provide advice or guidance on smoking cessation while in hospital.
â¢ Prescribe statins for the treatment of cholesterol.
The SilverPlus and GoldPlus awards are advanced levels of recognition recognizing hospitals for their consistent compliance with quality measures, according to the Association‘s website.
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and one of the leading causes of disability among adults in the United States, according to a press release from St. Mary’s Hospital. On average, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds in the United States, and nearly 795,000 people have a new or recurring stroke each year. Early detection and treatment of stroke is essential for improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times.
âSSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for its commitment to helping our patients have the best chance of survival after stroke,â said Mike Baumgartner, regional president of SSM Health.
The guidelines make it easier for teams to implement proven practices every day to improve outcomes for stroke patients, he continued.
The hospital also received the Association’s Honor Roll Award, recognizing St. Mary’s Hospital for its rapid delivery of tPA, and the Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Award for diabetes care for stroke patients.