September, 2016--Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s
Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSMHonor Roll. Kingsbrook has achieved this award for several years. The award
recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke
patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally
recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
To receive the Gold Quality Achievement award, hospitals must achieve 85
percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement
indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods.
To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality
measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival
at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen
activator, or tpA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours
after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly
reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.
Kingsbrook earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures
for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for
a designated period.
These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most
up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery
and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.