Tidelands Health recognized for commitment to quality stroke care
When someone suffers a stroke, every minute counts. Time and the ability of health care professionals to respond rapidly can mean the difference between life and death or recovery and disability.
For its hospitals’ commitment to quality stroke treatment and care, Tidelands Health has earned two prestigious recognitions from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital has received a Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, and Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital has received a Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.
The recognitions cite the hospitals for successfully following the associations’ quality improvement program for stroke treatment and care, called Get with the Guidelines-Stroke.
Tidelands Waccamaw and Tidelands Georgetown were also recognized for reducing the time between a patient’s arrival and the time of treatment with tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
Both Tidelands Waccamaw and Tidelands Georgetown are certified as advanced primary stroke centers by The Joint Commission.
“Stroke is a major health problem in our area, and our hospitals have made diagnosis and rapid treatment a priority,” said Sandra Raynes, the Tidelands Health associate vice president for nursing who oversees stroke treatment and care. “With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and these recognitions demonstrate that our stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.”
Get with the Guidelines-Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based information to speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients
Raynes said the hospitals earned the awards for meeting specific measures, including aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at preventing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 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.