Advocate Eureka Hospital joins stroke program

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Advocate Eureka Hospital is participating in the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke program.  The program’s goal is to improve the overall quality of care for stroke patients by improving stroke treatment and preventing future strokes and cardiovascular events.

Get With The Guidelines – Stroke was developed to help hospitals employ proven science-based treatment guidelines, including those developed by the American Stroke Association, American Heart Association and Brain Attack Coalition.  These guidelines address acute stroke management, primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases, secondary prevention of strokes and the establishment of primary stroke centers.

As a Get With The Guidelines – Stroke participating hospital, Eureka Hospital is developing a comprehensive system for providing rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke when patients are admitted to their emergency department.  This includes always being equipped to provide brain-imaging scans, making neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.

Eureka Hospital is also increasing its efforts to prevent secondary strokes through the aggressive use of medications such as statins and anti-platelets, as indicated in the secondary stroke prevention guidelines.  Other methods include the treatment of atrial fibrillation and atherosclerosis and management of smoking cessation, weight, exercise, diabetes and cholesterol.

Through Get With The Guidelines – Stroke, the American Stroke Association provides Eureka Hospital training and staff recommendations, care maps, discharge protocols, standing orders, data-collection and measurement tools.  The program also facilitates creating and sharing best practices among participating hospitals.

According to the American Stroke Association, each year approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke – 610,000 are first attacks and 185,000 are recurrent.  Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States is suffering from a stroke.  This deadly condition accounts for one out of every 18 deaths in the U.S.