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Stroke Treatment at Abrazo Central Campus

Stroke Outcomes

When you experience a stroke, your recovery depends on fast action by qualified people. Abrazo Central Campus is a Thrombectomy Stroke Center certified by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and The Joint Commission, and we’ve also received the Get With the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. These designations mean that we meet the highest standards for stroke care.

Our stroke program’s goal is to achieve a door-to-needle time of less than 60 minutes for ischemic stroke patients.

Door to needle means the time that it takes for a patient that is seen in our emergency room department to when they are given the clot busting medication (tPA) for stroke. The benefits of IV tPA is time-dependent and the faster a stroke patient is given IV tPA, the best chances of a positive outcome. IV tPA is a proven intervention for ischemic stroke patients and is recommended by the American Heart/American Stroke Association.

  • Abrazo Central Campus Door to Needle Time average for 2019 is 41 minutes. 
    • Door to Needle time is the time from when the patient enters the hospital though the emergency room to when that patient receive their first dose of the clot-busting medication, Alteplase. 
    • The national benchmark time is less than 60 minutes. 

  • Door to Groin Time average for 2019 is 37 minutes. 
    • Door to Groin time is the time from when the patient arrives to the hospital to when they are in the interventional suite and surgery starts to remove the blood clot causing the stroke. 
    • The national benchmark time is less than 120 minutes. 

According to the National Stroke Association; general recovery guidelines show:

  • 10% of stroke survivors recover almost completely
  • 25% recover with minor impairments
  • 40% experience moderate to severe impairments requiring special care
  • 10% require care in a nursing home or other long-term care facility
  • 15% die shortly after the stroke

At Abrazo Central Campus, 40% of stroke survivors are discharged home with or without minor impairments compared to the national figures of 10% and 25%. This shows the high level of specialized stroke care that is given to our patients which result in excellent outcomes!

Source: National Stroke Association

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