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Release Date: 5/20/2013

Stroke Program honored by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

May is Stroke Awareness Month, and St. Anthony’s Stroke Program has earned two awards from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

The program has been honored with a Get With The Guidelines—Stroke Silver-Plus award for its commitment to quality care, by achieving 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or greater adherence with all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Achievement Indicators, and 12 consecutive months of 75 percent or greater adherence with five or more Get With The Guidelines stroke quality indicators to improve the quality of patient care and outcomes.

The program also has earned placement on the association’s Target Stroke Honor Roll, for its “door to needle time,” or the time from when a patient first enters the hospital until a clot-busting drug known as tPA is administered, of 60 minutes or less in at least 50 percent of stroke patients receiving treatment.

“I’m very excited,” said Marsha Enchelmaier, R.N., M.S.N., Stroke Program manager. “It has taken a team to earn these honors and not just those of us on the stroke team. The physicians and staff of the Emergency Department, Interventional Radiology, SICU/NCU, and 4 South share in this achievement, because a team approach is required to identify and treat stroke patients quickly and to be sure all of their risk factors are addressed. We need to remember that ‘Time lost is brain lost.’”

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease, cancer and respiratory disorders such as COPD, and is one of the leading causes of disability in adults.

Suspect stroke? Do the FAST assessment:

Face: facial droop/uneven smile
Arms: weakness/numbness
Speech: slurred/difficulty speaking or understanding
Time: Call 911 and get to the hospital immediately

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