Legacy Salmon Creek stroke care receives national recognition
Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center received an award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Wednesday July 13th. The Vancouver WA hospital has been recognized nationally for its work improving medical outcomes for stroke patients.
The award is called, “Get with the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus.” Hospitals are measured using seven goals to improve outcomes. The award is given if the hospital meets the goal 85% of the time. Legacy Salmon Creek met all goals 97% of the time. One of the goals is to get stroke patients from the door to the necessary treatment within 60 minutes of arrival thus reducing the effects of stroke and lessening the chance of permanent disability. At Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center stroke patients who come into the Emergency Department receive the treatment within 54 minutes.
The treatment approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is tPA, a clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, which has been shown to greatly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. But it is effective when given within three hours after the start of stroke symptoms. Stroke claims 140,000 lives each year and is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States. The good news is that with improved medications and treatment protocols, the fatality rate has decreased as more patients are receiving the right treatment in the right amount of time.
These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams develop effective and life saving strategies. “This recognition is a tribute to our medical, nursing and clinical staff who deliver advance stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Legacy Salmon Creek VP, Chief Nursing Officer Kelly Espinoza. “I am proud of our team for their excellent work that has been acknowledged today with this award.”
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