Baptist Medical Center South earns award for stroke program
January 25, 2013 | Jacksonville
For the third consecutive year, Baptist Medical Center South has earned the Get with the GuidelinesÒ Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.
In each of the three years beginning in 2010, Baptist South has achieved an adherence rate of at least 85 percent with the required performance measures. Baptist South, a designated stroke center, has also earned more than 75 percent compliance with six of the program’s 10 quality measures.
“Our team focuses on providing the best and timeliest care to patients with stroke symptoms, and it is gratifying to see their efforts validated again,” said Baptist Medical Center South Hospital President Ron Robinson.
In addition to the Get With The GuidelinesÒ Stroke award, Baptist South has also been named to the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for improving stroke care.
“Patients experiencing a stroke need to start receiving clot-busting treatments within four hours of the onset of symptoms,” said Tammy Daniel, assistant administrator of Nursing, Baptist Medical Center South.
Florida law requires Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel to transport patients presenting with acute stroke symptoms to designated stroke centers.
An important facet of Baptist’s Primary Stroke Centers is their focus on community education and prevention of this potentially debilitating disease. One important focus of this effort is educating the public about the warning signs of stroke and encouraging them to seek help by immediately calling 911.
Do you know the warning signs of stroke?
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause