MultiCare hospitals honored for stroke care
MultiCare Health System's hospitals have once again been recognized for providing a high level of stroke care.
Presented by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, the 2017 "Get With The Guidelines" awards recognize MultiCare’s commitment and success in providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
MultiCare Auburn Medical Center, MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital and MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital (which, for purposes of the award, includes MultiCare Allenmore Hospital) all received the 2017 "Get With The Guidelines" Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
This is the fourth year in a row that Good Samaritan and Tacoma General/Allenmore have achieved this level of performance. Auburn Medical Center has received the Gold Plus Quality Achievement award for five years running.
Gold hospitals follow treatment guidelines in certain key measures at least 85 percent of the time and have maintained this performance level for two or more consecutive 12-month periods. The Plus awards represent a current gold or silver award and additional 75 percent compliance with specific quality measures for at least 12 consecutive months.
MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital and MultiCare Tacoma General/Allenmore hospitals also qualified for "Target: Stroke" Honor Roll Elite status, making them part of an elite group of hospitals recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Our hospitals earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.
To learn more about the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines programs, visit its website.
More about stroke
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of adult disability.
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.
A stroke occurs when not enough oxygen-rich blood is reaching part of the brain. The usual result of a stroke is paralysis of one side of the body. A stroke is an emergency situation and, like a heart attack, requires immediate medical attention. Health care providers caution that “time is brain.” About 1.9 million brain cells die each minute during a stroke.
If you think someone may be having a stroke, use a simple acronym — F.A.S.T. — to assess:
- FACE Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- ARMS Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- SPEECH Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can the person repeat the sentence correctly?
- TIME If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important. Call 911 or get to the hospital FAST. Brain cells are dying
What are stroke symptoms?
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Call 911 immediately if you have any of these symptoms. Note the time you experienced your first symptom. This information is important to your health care provider and can affect treatment decisions.
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