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South Florida Baptist Hospital Receives Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award

South Florida Baptist Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.  The award recognizes South Florida Baptist Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award demonstrates that our team is committed to providing the type of evidence-based care that has been proven to quickly and efficiently treat these patients,” said South Florida Baptist Hospital COO Steve Nierman.

To receive the award, South Florida Baptist Hospital achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. 

These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability, and improving the lives of stroke patients.

“The time is right for South Florida Baptist Hospital to be focused on improving quality of care by following the Get with the Guidelines-Stroke program protocols,” said Nierman.  “The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing incidence and an aging population.”

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has symptom onset, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance.  Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second event.

“It’s also important that patients seek care at hospitals accredited by the State in this area,” Nierman added.  “Most of our patients are transported by EMS ambulances that follow policy to transport patients to hospitals accredited and designated as ‘Stroke-Receiving Hospitals.’   However, some patients still do arrive by car.”

Through Get With The Guidelines–Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles.  The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format and are available in English and Spanish. In addition, the Get With The Guidelines Patient Management Tool gives healthcare providers access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care.

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