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Published on June 20, 2017

Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital recognized for stroke care

Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital is earning accolades for its commitment to high-quality stroke care.

The hospital has been recognized with a Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award through the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines program. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing stroke treatment that meets nationally accepted, evidence-based guidelines.People holding hands

In addition, the hospital has been recognized by the association for meeting standards meant to reduce the time between a stroke patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-busting medication tPA.  The medication has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability if given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms.

Statistics show that eligible stroke patients who come to Tidelands Health hospitals routinely receive the medication faster than the industry benchmark. Both Tidelands Georgetown and Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital have earned certification from The Joint Commission as advanced primary stroke centers, a voluntary process that includes a rigorous review of the hospitals’ practices and procedures.

“The award earned by Tidelands Waccamaw is the result of a team effort to help ensure our stroke patients benefit from quick and effective treatment,” said Brooke Reidel, stroke and sepsis coordinator at the hospital. “Prompt medical attention is critical because a victim loses about 1.9 million neurons for each minute a stroke goes untreated and blood flow to the brain is blocked.”

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 in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.


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