OHSU has received the Gold Performance Achievement Award in Stroke

Get With The Gold

From the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association comes news that OHSU has received the Gold Performance Achievement Award in Stroke. For background on the award, we turn to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association:

The award recognizes OHSU’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment for at least 24 months according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

OHSU has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.

To receive the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award, OHSU demonstrated 85 percent adherence in the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke key measures for 24 or more consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs, and smoking cessation.