Tulane Medical Center has again received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus from the American Heart Association. The award – which is the highest possible level of recognition given by the AHA for quality stroke care – recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
The Get With The Guidelines Stroke program is 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.
This is the second time Tulane Medical Center has earned this distinction. Last year, Tulane was the first hospital in Louisiana to achieve the award, which recognizes hospitals that continue improving acute ischemic stroke care by reducing door-to-needle times for eligible patients being treated with the clot-busting drug tPA. Facilities must prove that they can have an expert available to see the patient within 10 minutes, and result bloodwork, interpret EKGs and interpret brain imaging all within 45 minutes, with a goal of administering IV tPA in less than 60 minutes (if applicable). Tulane has policies and protocols in place to achieve these goals, as well as extensive education with hospital staff and EMS providers regarding identification and treatment of strokes.
“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons for each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Tulane Health System CEO Dr. William Lunn. “We strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. This recognition further reinforces our team’s hard work.
Tulane’s stroke program was the first in New Orleans to be certified by the Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, representing its ability to care for the most complex stroke cases. The Tulane Neuroscience Center provides a full range of adult and pediatric services – from stroke care to neurosurgery, neurology and neuroimaging – which offer a full continuum of care should patients need to be transferred because of highly complex or advanced cases.
“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Tulane Medical Center for its commitment to stroke care,” said Dr. Paul Heidenreich, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.