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Published on May 31, 2017

Cone Health Honored for High-Quality Care for Stroke and AFib 

People needing care for strokes or atrial fibrillation will find the latest proven treatments at Cone Health.

Cone Health has received honors for its commitment to using the latest scientifically proven ways of treating strokes and atrial fibrillation. Doing so increases the odds that patients recover faster and with fewer problems. The center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus and the Get With The Guidelines®-AFIB Silver Quality Achievement Award.

The stroke guidelines are put together by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. They are designed to reduce damage caused by stroke and help return people to a normal life after stroke. To earn the designation, Cone Health had to meet all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators at least 85 percent of the time for two or more consecutive 12-month periods. Cone Health also had to achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

The Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus is presented to hospitals using quality measures reducing the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA. That is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given through a blood vessel in the first 4.5 hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA significantly reduces the effects of stroke and lessens the chance of permanent disability. The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke.

The Get With The Guidelines®-AFIB Silver Quality Achievement Award guidelines were developed by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology/Heart Rhythm Society. Moses Cone Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality measures. These measures include proper use of medications and aggressive risk reduction therapies, such as safe anticoagulants to prevent stroke. Also evaluated is the use of medications to stabilize the heart rate and rhythm and other medications needed to treat additional heart disease. Before they are discharged, patients receive education on managing their condition and stroke risk, counseling if needed, and plans on follow-up care. Moses Cone Hospital is one of 14 hospitals in the U.S., and one of two in North Carolina, to achieve silver recognition in Get With The Guidelines-AFIB for 2017.

“We learn better ways of treating strokes and atrial fibrillation every day,” says Cone Health Chief Medical Officer Bruce Sword, MD. “We take a lot of pride in using the latest research to treat our patients. Thanks to our physicians and other team members our patients are among a select few in the country receiving this superb quality of care.”

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