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MultiCare hospitals recognized for stroke care

Posted on May. 17, 2016 ( comments)
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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 2016 "Get With The Guidelines" awards recognize MultiCare’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.

2016 Get With The Guidelines

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 2016 "Get With The Guidelines" Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. This is the third 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 four 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 consecutive 12-month intervals. 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 Auburn Medical Center and MultiCare Tacoma General/Allenmore hospitals also qualified for “Target: Stroke” Honor Roll status, and MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital qualified for "Target: Stroke" Honor Roll Elite status, making all four hospitals part of an elite group of hospitals recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

2016 Silver Get With the Guidelines

Tacoma General/Allenmore hospitals also received the 2016 "Get With The Guidelines" Resuscitation Silver Quality Achievement award for adult and neonate populations. To receive this level of recognition, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher compliance with specific achievement measures for 12 consecutive months.

To learn more about the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines programs, visit its website.

Stroke information

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 serious, long-term disability.

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. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. More than 129,000 people die each year from stroke in the United States.

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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