Quality Data

Stroke Quality Measures

Percent of patients who receive care in accordance with national guidelines:

Penn State Hershey Medical Center

All Certified Stroke Centers

All Other Hospitals

Treatment to prevent deep vein thrombosis for those who are on bedrest by the second day in hospital.

Patients with prolonged inactivity are at risk for developing blood clots, which could lead to another stroke.

96.9%

96.5%

95.9%

Antithrombotic medication prescribed at discharge for those with ischemic stroke.

These medications prevent blood clots, which could lead to another stroke.

100%

98.6%

98.5%

Anticoagulation medication at discharge for those with ischemic stroke and atrial fibrillation.

In atrial fibrillation, your heart doesn't contract fully. Blood can pool and form clots. Anticoagulation medications prevent clot formation.

95.2%

94%

94%

Intravenous clot-buster (tPA) is given within 60 min. to those who arrive at the hospital within two hours of when symptoms began.

The sooner you received the clot-busting drug, the better your chances for recovery. The clot-buster, tPA, must be delivered within three hours of when symptoms began.

100%

87.6%

84.9%

Antithrombotic medication by the end of hospital day two for those with an ischemic stroke.

These medications prevent blood clots, which could lead to another stroke.

98.1%

97.8%

97.7%

Cholesterol reducing medications (statins) at discharge for those with high or unknown cholesterol levels, or those who were on a cholesterol-lowering drug prior to admission.

High cholesterol levels raise your risk for stroke.

98.9%

94.6%

94.4%

Screening for difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) before given any food, fluids, or medication by mouth.

Dysphagia may be present in up to 65 percent of stroke patients. It raises your risk for pneumonia.

90.9%

85.4%

83.6%

Education about warning signs, calling 911, and risk factors for stroke.

Knowing the warning signs and calling 911 help you to receive prompt medical attention. Knowing your risk factors will help you to take action to prevent another stroke.

93.3%

93.1%

92.5%

Advice or counseling to quit smoking for those with a history of smoking cigarettes.

Smoking raises your risk for stroke.

100%

96.8%

96.7%

Rehabilitation services assessment completed.

Rehabilitation can help recovery of speech and motor function.

100%

98.2%

97.9%

Source: Get With the Guidelines, an American Stroke Association quality database

July - September 2013.

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