Award recognizes higher standard of stroke care according to national guidelines
The Stroke Center at Rhode Island Hospital has
received the Get with the Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes Rhode Island Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that
stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.
The Stroke Center at Rhode Island Hospital is the region’s only primary stroke center located within a Level I trauma center. The center provides services
to more than 900 adult patients with transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke annually in Rhode Island and southeastern
Massachusetts. It is the region’s only hospital with a TIA unit in the emergency department. Patients have evaluations completed within 24 hours. It is
also the region’s only hospital with a dedicated stroke unit and neuro-rehabilitation unit in the same location.
“The incidence of stroke is still high and is affecting people at younger ages,” said Brian Silver, MD, director of the Stroke Center at Rhode Island
Hospital. “Providing patients suffering from stroke or TIA with immediate intervention, as well as continued care and support from various teams, is
critical to a patient’s recovery. This award recognizes our commitment to providing high-quality patient care, and to ensuring that our staff has all of
the tools and training necessary to help our patients have the best possible outcomes.”
Following Get With The Guidelines-Stroke treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies including the use of medications
such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, along with cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation counseling. These are all aimed at
reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of
time to be eligible for the achievement awards.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term 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.