Nyack (N.Y.) Hospital has received the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing quality-improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients, according to a news release.
The Get With The Guidelines program helps nurses and healthcare professionals provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Nyack earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the 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.
Nyack also received the associations Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA.
We are dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care, and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Associations Get With the GuidelinesStroke helps us achieve that goal, Nyack Vice President and Medical Director Michael Rader, MD, said in the release. With this award, our hospital demonstrates our commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines.
Get With The GuidelinesStroke also helps Nyack Hospitals 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.