BANGOR — Eastern Maine Medical Center ensures patients suffering from stroke receive the most appropriate treatment according to proven scientific evidence. Recently the medical center’s commitment was recognized for the seventh consecutive year by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association with a Get With The Guidelines®– Stroke Gold Plus/Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Quality Achievement Award.
Hospitals receiving the award are recognized for meeting specific quality achievements, including following evidence-based guidelines, and evaluating the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments to speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients receive education about managing their overall health and a follow-up visit is scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions such as rehab and other therapies, if clinically necessary.
Eastern Maine Medical Center also received the Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll Award.
“We are proud of this designation, because it recognizes our commitment to reducing the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and administration of a clot-busting treatment that can greatly improve outcomes in ischemic stroke,” says Gillian Gordon Perue, MD, medical director, EMMC Stroke Care. “We know that the faster we can treat patients experiencing stroke, they suffer from fewer devastating disabilities.”
According to the AHA/ASA, strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the US, and a leading cause for adult disability. Ninety percent of strokes are preventable with early interventions and quick treatment. For the best outcomes, patients are encouraged to seek emergency treatment by calling 911 immediately.
“Although many people are inclined to drive themselves, we encourage patients to use an ambulance,” explains Dr. Gordon Perue, “When they call 911 with a suspected stroke, emergency medical personnel notifies the hospital to let them know they have a patient with stroke symptoms. This call initiates a chain reaction by our stroke team, who are in place at the Emergency Department to treat the patient within minutes of their arrival. Evidence shows those minutes can make a big difference in ensuring best outcomes for our patients.”
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that has provided hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines since 2003.
To learn more about the resources for stroke patients, visit StrokeCenter.EMMC.org.