For the fifth consecutive year, the Phelps Stroke Center has received the Get With the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart/American Stroke Associations. Gold Plus is the AHA/ASA’s highest-level award
for stroke care and recognizes Phelps’ success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.
This year, for the first time, Phelps also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clotbuster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke (when a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain is blocked by a blood clot). People who suffer a stroke and receive tPA within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover more quickly and are less likely to suffer severe disability.
The Get With the Guidelines Stroke program helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. The program also helps hospital staff implement prevention measures, including educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors, be aware of stroke warning signs and take their medications properly.