Seton Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Seton Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
Seton Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative. The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.
-- MARK S. FRATZKE, DNP RN
PRESIDENT AND CEO
Seton Medical Center additionally received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
A simple way to remember the warning signs of a stroke is the acronym FAST. It stands for:
- F ace drooping
- A rm weakness
- S peech difficulty
- T ime to call 911
If your physician suspects you suffered a stroke and refers you to Seton Medical Center, or you suspect you suffered one, a Stroke Care team member conducts a thorough exam that includes:
- Your medical history
- A physical exam
- A computed tomography (CT) scan to determine whether the stroke resulted from a clot or from bleeding inside the brain
- Additional tests, depending on the scan results and how soon you arrive in the emergency room
- Computed Tomographic Angiogram (CTA), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA) to obtain blood vessel images to guide treatment
People who have symptoms of a stroke need to call 911 immediately. At Seton Medical Center, our emergency department stroke team are specially trained to quickly deliver lifesaving drugs such as intravenous alteplase (IV tPA), a clot-busting drug administered directly into your vein, to stroke patients. The prompt medical attention of our trained technicians and staff prevents potential complications and disabilities.
Stroke treatments that our physicians recommend include medication such as IV tPA and surgery based on the type of stroke and the severity of the symptoms.
The goals of treatment are to:
- Prevent life-threatening complications
- Prevent future strokes
- Reduce the risk of disability
- Prevent long-term complications
Inpatient Stroke Services
Our inpatient services department has a designated stroke unit with private rooms for patients recovering from a stroke. Nurses with special training and experience in stroke recovery care for patients in this unit. We are dedicated to providing the best outcome possible for all stroke patients.
Our inpatient program is focused on:
- Stroke prevention, through education and treatment of risk factors
- Evaluation and treatment of the underlying cause(s) of the stroke
- Prevention of stroke extension and recurrence
- Stroke rehabilitation through:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech Language Pathology
- Swallowing Evaluation and treatment
- Cognitive Evaluation and re-training
- Speech Evaluation and training
For more information about our stroke care or support services or to make an appointment, call (650) 991-5900.