Quality in Stroke Care
As a designated comprehensive stroke center by The Joint Commission, UK HealthCare is distinguished from other stroke centers for meeting the highest standards of care to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases. We are focused on quality of care for our patients and use several measures to benchmark our performance, including core measures and patient survival data.
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Stroke measures are a set of evidence-based, scientifically researched processes or standards of care that are designed to improve outcomes for patients. Hospitals nationwide use these same core measures, which were established by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2000. Our goal is to provide this “best practice” care to all of our patients and to make sure it is documented accurately. By tracking our performance on these measures, we can see how well we’re doing and identify areas that might need improvement.
Ischemic stroke patients who got medicine to break up a blood clot within 3 hours after symptoms started (STK4)
Ischemic stroke patients who received medicine known to prevent complications caused by blood clots within 2 days of arriving at the hospital (STK5)
Ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke patients who received treatment to keep blood clots from forming anywhere in the body within 2 days of arriving at the hospital (STK1)
Ischemic stroke patients who received a prescription for medicine known to prevent complications caused by blood clots before discharge (STK2)
Ischemic stroke patients with a type of irregular heartbeat who were given a prescription for a blood thinner at discharge (STK3)
Ischemic stroke patients needing medicine to lower cholesterol, who were given a prescription for this medicine before discharge (STK6)
Ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke patients or caregivers who received written educational materials about stroke care and prevention during the hospital stay (STK8)
Ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke patients who were evaluated for rehabilitation services (STK10)
Source: UK HealthCare (internal data)
About quality hospital care
At its most basic, saving lives is what quality hospital care is all about. Severely ill or injured people come to our hospitals every day in search of help, and we pride ourselves on being able to provide it.
Not every life can be saved, of course. But helping people when the odds are against them by providing advanced technology, highly trained medical personnel, and care processes that are continually being reviewed and improved is what we’re here for.
Source: Data from the UHC Clinical Database/Resource Manager (TM) used by permission of UHC. All rights reserved.