July 21, 2009
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center recently received the American Stroke Association’s "Get With The Guidelines" Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) Gold Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes the Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
To receive the award, Johns Hopkins Bayview demonstrated 85 percent adherence in the GWTG-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.
According to the American Stroke Association, each year approximately 700,000 people suffer a stroke–500,000 are first attacks and 200,000 are recurrent. Of stroke survivors, 21 percent of men and 24 percent of women die within a year, and for those aged 65 and older, the percentage is even higher.
To learn more about the Johns Hopkins Stroke Center, located at Johns Hopkins Bayview, visit www.hopkinsbayview.org/neurology/strokecenter.