Rapid Stroke Treatment

Each year more than 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke, causing one out of every 20 deaths in this country, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not only is stroke the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., it is also the leading cause of adult disability.

Medical professionals at The George Washington University Hospital provide fast and efficient stroke care, helping patients reach a better outcome after suffering a stroke emergency. They are recognized as leaders in stroke care through their efforts in promoting stroke prevention and practicing quality stroke treatment.

Awards and Accreditation

2014 Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines Award with Target Stroke Honor Roll
2014 Gold Plus Get with the Guidelines Stroke Honor RollThe George Washington University Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines SM–Stroke (GWTG–Stroke) Gold Plus Award with Target Stroke Honor Roll from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care. Target: Stroke Honor Roll represents giving eligible stroke patients the clot-busting drugs within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital.


Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission
Joint Commission Primary Stroke CenterThe Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Achievement of certification signifies that the services you provide have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes. It is the best signal to your community that the quality care you provide is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.

The Joint Commission assess the quality of stroke care at medical facilities by enacting core measurements that include rehabilitation services and the number of patients who received tPA, the clot dissolving medication, within the recommended 60-minute window. From the data below, you can see that GW Hospital’s stroke outcomes have near-perfect scores.

  2014 Stroke Volumes:  
  Patient Type   # of Admission
  Ischemic Stroke: 372   372
  Intracerebral Hemorrhage: 74   74
  Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: 50   50
  Transient Ischemic Attack: 143   143
  GW National Performance Measures (Data from Q3 2014 - Q2 2015):  
  Stroke Performance Measures   Compliance Rate *
  Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis During the Hospital Stay:    96.8%
  Antithrombotic Prescribed at Discharge:    99.6%
  Anticoagulant Prescribed at Discharge for Afib:    97.1%
  tPA Given within 3 Hours of Onset of Stroke:    100%
  Antithrombotic Prescribed by Day 2 of Hospital Stay:    95.9%
  Statin Medication Prescribed at Time of Discharge:    98%
  Stroke Education Performed:    98.9%
  Assessed for Rehabilitation:    97.4%

* National Target Rate is greater than 85% Compliance.

Defining Medicine With High-Quality Stroke Care

The George Washington University Hospital achieves between 90 and 100 percent compliance with all measures.
The George Washington University Hospital has a less-than-2-percent complication rate from tPA. 

Watch the video below to learn the warning signs of stroke and how our multidisciplinary team cares for stroke patients.



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Many people don't realize that stoke should be treated with the same urgency as a heart attack, and learning more about stroke can save lives.

Read a description about the two types of stroke, signs and symptoms, ways to reduce your risk and the treatment options available at GW Hospital >

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