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Evidence-based care and outcomes improve at Get With The Guidelines-Stroke hospitals
Date:2/22/2010

hemic stroke and TIA reducing the risk-adjusted odds of in-hospital mortality rate after ischemic stroke by 10 percent.

"The study has shown what is of primary importance to those who rely on the nation's hospitals for optimal stroke care: the implementation of Get With The GuidelinesStroke has resulted in substantial improvement in care at a rapid pace in a variety of hospital types and in multiple hospitals, simultaneously," said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., study co-author, chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass.

The initiative is making a landmark contribution to stroke patients of today and tomorrow, said Clyde W. Yancy, M.D., president of the American Heart Association.

"Not only has quality improved, but lives are being saved and subsequent strokes are being thwarted," said Yancy, medical director at the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute in Dallas. "These findings demonstrate the true potential of implementing best practices within a care delivery system and the approach taken by the Get With The Guidelines team is a template for the future." To facilitate better treatment and outcomes for stroke patients, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has launched Target: Stroke. The program will arm healthcare providers with information and tools to improve the use of the intravenous thrombolysis recombinent tissue plasminogen activator (IV rt-PA), the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the urgent treatment of ischemic stroke.

"An earlier analysis of Get With The GuidelinesStroke data found that despite clinical trial evidence of improved outcomes for stroke patients treated early with an intravenous clot buster, only 27.4 percent of patients treated with IV rt-PA had door-to-needle times within 60 minutes," Yancy said. "The goal for Target: Stroke is to achieve a d
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Contact: Cathy Lewis
cathy.lewis@heart.org
214-706-1324
American Heart Association
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