GW Hospital Recognized for Outstanding Stroke Care

A highly synchronized team is ready to act when minutes matter

strokeThe George Washington University Hospital proudly received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll award. It acknowledged an ongoing, consistent effort on the part of the hospital’s stroke team to produce stellar results for patients. The award is for following the AHA’s Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for 12 consecutive months and complying with the AHA’s Quality Measures. “The first year, you receive bronze, the second year silver and the third year gold,” says Kathleen Burger, DO, Stroke Neurologist, Director of Stroke Programs. “If you miss a year, you have to start all over again.”

The Target Stroke: Honor Roll portion of the award is not something every gold hospital earns, and GW Hospital is the only hospital in Washington, DC to have received the honor.

Get with the Gold 2013This award recognizes “door-to-needle (DNT) time” — the time between when a patient arrives at the hospital and when he or she is treated with IV Tissue Plasminogen Activator (TPA), an anti-clotting medication. The Target: Stroke Honor Roll recognizes DTN times of less than 60 minutes in at least 50 percent of patients.

“This award required coordination between many different teams — to get lab results and patient history quickly,” says Dr. Burger.

GW Hospital’s acute stroke unit comprises integrated emergency response systems and multidisciplinary stroke teams, including neurologists, surgeons, emergency department physicians and nurses. The team’s members see the achievement as motivation to look for ways to improve, so that more patients have a better chance at full recovery.

“The AHA recognition tells the DC community we are a leader in this area,” says Dr. Burger. “As a leader, our goal is to go further — to continue to achieve outcomes above and beyond what is required.”

Education is Critical

Kathleen BurgerPeople who have experienced a stroke have a limited amount of time in which treatment will be effective at preventing brain damage. That’s why recognizing the signs of stroke is so important — and you should always call 9-1-1 if a stroke is suspected. “We’d rather have a false alarm than a missed opportunity,” says Kathleen Burger, DO, Stroke Neurologist, Director of Stroke Programs.

Dr. Burger also emphasizes education for patients who have already experienced a stroke. “We teach people how to prevent stroke, and we advise them to see their primary doctor and follow his or her recommendations,” she says. “We also recommend aggressive treatment for high blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol.”

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Signs of
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People experiencing a stroke have a limited amount of time in which treatment will be effective. That’s why recognizing the signs is so important. Learn what they are and learn about stroke prevention.

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Stroke Treatment
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The Stroke Treatment Center is recognized as an outstanding program. It was awarded a Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers by The Joint Commission, which recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care.

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