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Stroke

At University Health Care System, patients are our priority, and we take pride in the care we provide. To monitor the quality of that care, we track specific quality measures and compare them to benchmark measures at local levels. We publish these quality measures so you can draw your own conclusions regarding your health care choices. Our comparison numbers are from Hospital Compare, an online tool provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. For additional detailed information choose the "click for details" buttons on the left. The numbers used in these tables are from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 and include patients with Medicare, those enrolled in Medicare health plans and those who don't have Medicare.

A stroke, sometimes called a "brain attack," occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. When a stroke occurs, brain cells in the immediate area begin to die because they stop getting the oxygen and nutrients they need to function. There are two major kinds of stroke:

  • An ischemic stroke is caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel or artery in the brain.
  • A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a blood vessel in the brain that breaks and bleeds into the brain.

Strokes can cause a loss of the ability to speak, memory problems, or paralysis on one side of the body. Getting the right care at the right time can help reduce the risk of complications and another stroke. These measures show some of the standards of stroke care that hospitals should follow, for adults who have had a stroke.

Note: Higher percentages are better for all measures listed unless noted.

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Trinity
GRUMC 
Doctors Aiken2
Top 10% of hospitals
     
  Ischemic stroke patients who got medicine to break up a blood clot within 3 hours after symptoms started  
     
86% Not available7 86% Not available1,2 62%  100%
     
  Ischemic stroke patients who received medicine known to prevent complications caused by blood clots within 2 days of arriving at the hospital  
     
99% 100% 94% 100%2 100%  100%
     
  Ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke patients who received treatment to keep blood clots from forming anywhere in the body within 2 days of arriving at the hospital  
     
100% 100% 99% 100%2 92%  100%
     
  Ischemic stroke patients who received a prescription for medicine known to prevent complications caused by blood clots before discharge  
     
100% 100% 99% 100%2 99%  100%
     
  Ischemic stroke patients with a type of irregular heartbeat who were given a prescription for a blood thinner at discharge  
     
100% Not available7 93% 100%2 75%  100%
     
  Ischemic stroke patients needing medicine to lower cholesterol, who were given a prescription for this medicine before discharge  
     
99% 100% 98% 100%2 82%  100%
     
  Ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke patients or caregivers who received written educational materials about stroke care and prevention during the hospital stay  
     
97% 100% 98% 100% 95%  100%
     
  Ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke patients who were evaluated for rehabilitation services  
     
100% 100% 99% 100%2 93%  100%
     
  Our Current Numbers -- Stroke  
     
     
  Hospital Compare  
     

Please note: The information presented on this web site is in no way a guarantee of results. Please talk with your physician if you have questions or concerns about your care at University Hospital.

1: The number of cases/patients is too few to report.
2: Data submitted were based on a sample of cases/patients.
7: No cases met the criteria for this measure.

 

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