Written by Phil Cerroni
Baylor Medical Center at Irving recently announced that The Joint Commission, in conjunction with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, has awarded the hospital with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Baylor Irving’s Primary Stroke Center Certification demonstrates that its program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.
"In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Baylor Medical Center at Irving has demonstrated its commitment to quality care for its stroke patients,” said Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Baylor Irving for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the quality of care it provides and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
Each year about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation's third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke ever 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.
"This designation has given us the opportunity to highlight the quality stroke care we provide for our patients." said Cindy Schamp, president. "In collaboration with the emergency department physicians on our medical staff and our staff, we remain poised and ready to serve the residents who present in our hospital with signs and symptoms of stroke."
Stroke is a medical emergency. If you notice one or more of the warning signs, call 9-1-1 and get help immediately. Recognize stroke symptoms FAST:
Face: uneven smile, facial droop/numbness, vision disturbances
Arm & leg: weakness, numbness, difficulty walking
Speech: slurred, inappropriate words, mute
Time: time is critical, call 9-1-1
The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association's statements/guidelines for stroke care.
Source: Baylor Medical Center at Irving