Stroke Quality Measures
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
All data current as of 4th 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 primary certified
stroke center. A stroke medical director and program manager have recently
been hired to oversee the care of these patients throughout the continuum
of their care. They will work collaboratively with the care providers
helping to ensure best practices are implemented and evidence-based care
is provided to our community members 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
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
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
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.