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Barnes-Jewish Hospital stroke program recognized for timely treatment

  • October 15, 2012
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ST. LOUIS - For the second year in a row, Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s stroke program received the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke (GWTG–Stroke) Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association/American Heart Association.

The award recognizes Barnes-Jewish Hospital and its Washington University physician partners for their commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to evidence-based guidelines.

“This is just another indication of the outstanding and timely care the Stroke Center provides to patients,” says Jo-Ann Burns, ANP-BC, CNRN, stroke program manager at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

To receive the GWTG-Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award, Barnes-Jewish Hospital achieved 85 percent adherence for at least 24 months to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. These include aggressive use of medications like the blood clot dissolving drug, tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs, and smoking cessation.

In addition, the stroke program was named to the Target: Stroke Honor Roll for improving stroke care. Over the past quarter, at least 50 percent of eligible ischemic stroke patients have received tPA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital, known as ‘door-to-needle’ time.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital was the first hospital in the St. Louis area to be certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. It’s known for having among the nation's best "door-to-needle" times and is also recognized for pioneering the later administration of tPA using precise neuroimaging.

For more information about stroke symptoms and stroke treatment, click here.

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Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a 1,288 bed teaching hospital affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. The hospital has a 1,763 member medical staff, with many recognized as "Best Doctors in America." Barnes-Jewish is a member of BJC HealthCare, which provides a full range of health care services through its 13 hospitals and more than 100 health care sites in Missouri and Illinois. Barnes-Jewish Hospital is also consistently ranked as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” by U.S.News & World Report.

Contact:
Anne Bassett
314-286-0303
abassett@bjc.org

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