During Hospital Week and Stroke Awareness Month, the Sinai-Grace Stroke Team is recognized for their outstanding efforts to help those suffering from a stroke.
Sinai-Grace’s Stroke Team ranks as one of the best in the U.S. for stroke survival. Becker’s Healthcare recognized Sinai-Grace’s team in its recent list of 44 hospitals with the lowest death rate for stroke patients. DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital had a stroke death rate of 11.6 percent – more than three percent lower than the national rate of 14.9 percent.
Additionally, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association presented the Sinai-Grace Stroke Team with Get with the Guidelines Silver Plus and Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Awards. In order to receive the Silver Plus Achievement award, they had to achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all stroke achievement indicators for at least 12 consecutive months. To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite award, the Team had to meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster Alteplase (tPA) – the only drug approved by the FDA 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.
In addition to administering tPA intravenously, this medication can also be administered directly to the clot site using an intra–arterial catheter–based approach; this approach can be performed up to 6 hours after stroke onset. The Sinai-Grace Stroke Team also can perform an embolectomy to quickly retrieve and extract blood clots causing the stroke. This is an important breakthrough since tPA intravenously is generally not effective more than 4 hours after stroke onset.
Patients have more treatment options and less permanent disabilities from a stroke the sooner treatment can begin. Therefore, the Sinai-Grace Stroke Team partnered with EMS, to begin care before the EMS team ever arrives to the ER. This communication during transport reduces assessment time and speeds treatment for better patient outcomes.
Kudos to the Sinai-Grace Stroke Team for helping more than 50 patients every month who suffered a stroke. The Sinai-Grace Stroke team consists of more than 250 doctors, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, emergency department techs, radiology technologists, lab technicians, patient care associates, neuropsychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dieticians, social workers, case managers, and our extended team members – the EMS workers.
As a certified advanced primary stroke center, Sinai-Grace’s stroke care begins in the field with the EMS team and continues in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and dedicated stroke unit with intensive rehabilitation to help with the transition home.
This week, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital celebrates both National Nurses & Hospital Week. Sinai-Grace is proud of its team of nearly 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers who help care for more than 100,000 patients every year. We recognize and thank the Sinai-Grace team for the hard work, dedication and compassion that they demonstrate to our community each and every day.
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