What are we measuring?
A stroke is often called a “brain attack” because, like a heart attack, it involves an interruption of blood flow. In the case of a stroke, the blood flow that is interrupted is blood to the brain.
There are two main types of stroke. In an ischemic stroke, which is more common, a blood clot lodges in a blood vessel and blocks the flow of blood to the brain. In a hemorrhagic stroke, a weakened wall of a blood vessel within the brain bursts, causing blood to leak into the brain. There are a number of best-practice treatments for stroke, depending on the type.
This chart measures the percentage of stroke patients who always received all of the recommended treatments and education for their type of stroke at New Milford Hospital and Danbury Hospital combined.
How are we doing?
We compare the current quarter to the same quarter the previous year, and to the national benchmark. Higher numbers are better.
What are we doing to improve?
Recognizing that there is always room for improvement in the care of stroke patients, New Milford Hospital caregivers are committed to superior stroke care. We follow nationally established guidelines for:
- Rapid assessment of patients to determine if they are having a stroke
- Administering clot-busting drugs (called thrombolytics) to people having an ischemic stroke
- Choosing the right medication and/or procedure for people having a hemorrhagic stroke
- Delivering the proper care after a stroke patient is stabilized to help minimize complications
- Providing rehabilitation therapy following a stroke
- Taking preventive measures to help keep another stroke from occurring
- Providing education throughout the hospital stay and at discharge to support the best outcomes possible