Success in Treating Stroke
This page shows how many stroke patients received perfect care* by being given the right medications while in the hospital, timely stroke treatment, stroke education, an assessment for rehabilitation, and the right medications at discharge.
All data current as of 1st quarter 2014
What We're Doing To Improve
In order to improve the quality of care we deliver in stroke care, Kaweah Delta leadership has recently made a commitment to become a certified stroke center. This means a medical director and stroke coordinator will be recruited beginning July 1, 2014, to oversee the care of these patients more closely and specific standards will be met to ensure best practices are implemented and evidenced-based care is provided to our community to improve outcomes.
There are 8 key factors in what's widely considered to be perfect stroke care:
Preventing blood clots in stroke patients
Patients who had a stroke are at risk for developing blood clots in their legs. These blood clots can be dangerous if they break off and go to the heart and lungs. This indicator measures how often physicians order medications that help prevent complications caused by blood clots.
Stroke patients discharged on medications to prevent blood clots
A serious complication after a patient has a stroke is developing a blood clot. Blood clots can be prevented by prescribing medications that help prevent blood clot formation. This indicator measures how often medications to prevent blood clot formation are prescribed to patients when they are discharge.
Stroke patients with an irregular heartbeat who are prescribed a blood thinner at discharge
Stroke patients with an irregular heartbeat are at high risk for developing blood clots. When these irregular heartbeats are diagnosed it is important to prescribe medications to prevent blood clots from forming. This indicators measures how often stroke patients with an irregular heartbeat are prescribed blood thinner medications at discharge.
Timely treatment of stroke patients
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked by a blood clot. Medication can be used to break up the blood clot. Quick medical attention is important to prevent further tissue damage to the brain. Certain stroke patients can receive medication to break up the clot. This indicator measures how many patients receive blood clot medication within three hours of symptom onset.
Stroke patients that receive medications that break up blood clots by the end of hospital day two
Stroke patients who have a blood clot need a special medication to break up the blood clot. This indicator measures stroke patients who received this medication, that is known to prevent complications caused by the clot, within two days of arriving to the hospital.
Stroke patients prescribed statin medications at discharge
Stroke patients may need medications to help lower their cholesterol. This will help to prevent another stroke. This indicator measures how many stroke patients get prescribed medications that lower their cholesterol at discharge.
Stroke education given to patients and their families
Education given to patients on stroke care and prevention has been shown to improve outcomes. Information about stroke care at home and how to prevent a stroke is included. This indicator includes how often stroke patients get written stroke education to take home.
Stroke patients assessed for rehabilitation
Some patients may need to be referred to a rehabilitation hospital, depending on the severity of their stroke. Early rehabilitation can minimize impairments and maximize function. This indicator measures how many stroke patients get an assessment by a trained professional for rehab.
*The Perfect Care Score shows the percentage of patients cared for at Kaweah Delta Health Care District who had all Medicaid Services (CMS) and Centers for Medicare quality measures done perfectly.