UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for using evidence-based guidelines that improve care and quality of life for stroke patients.
The medical center received the 2016 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for consistently adhering to association-backed quality measures. UC Davis also made the Target: Stroke Honor Roll at the Elite Plus level for timely use of a clot-busting drug known as tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, which can reduce the effects of some strokes.
“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are pleased to recognize UC Davis Medical Center for its commitment to adopting the Get With The Guidelines program, which has proven benefits for stroke patients,” said Paul Heidenreich, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and professor of medicine at Stanford University.
A stroke occurs when one of the blood vessels that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot (ischemic stroke) or bursts (hemorrhagic stroke), causing parts of the brain to die. A third type of cerebrovascular event — known as a transient ischemic attack, or TIA — is caused by a temporary blood clot and is often called a “warning stroke.” Each year, nearly 800,000 Americans suffer strokes, which are leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in adults.
“This recognition reinforces the dedication of our multidisciplinary team — from the emergency department to neurology to rehabilitation — in quickly and safely delivering the recommended stroke treatments to patients,” said Kwan L. Ng, director of vascular neurology and the Stroke Center at UC Davis.
UC Davis Medical Center has a comprehensive system for the diagnosis, treatment and outpatient management of cerebrovascular disease. More information is on the medical center website.
More information about Get With The Guidelines is on the American Heart Association website.