Thursday, April 29, 2010

Northwest Hospital Receives Award for Stroke Treatment Program

When you or a loved on is being admitted for a stroke, it's important to know that your health care team has the latest skills and knowledge.

That's why we're proud that Sinai and Northwest hospitals are designated as Maryland Stroke Centers. Hospitals with this MIEMSS stroke designation showed they have a stroke team that can give acute stroke medicines and have resources to take care of stroke patients.

Now there's one more reason to celebrate our treatment for stroke patients. Northwest Hospital has received the 2010 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association "Get with the Guidelines" bronze award for its commitment to providing high quality care for stroke patients.
This recognizes Northwest's commitment to and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

Get With The Guidelines® is an evidence-based program for in-hospital quality improvement that focuses on quick diagnosis and treatment for stroke patients. Patients treated in hospitals with a Get With the Guidelines program can know they are getting care that is aligned with the latest scientific guidelines

Northwest and LifeBridge Health are also active in the community in promoting awareness of stroke symptoms. The warning signs of a stroke are:
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of 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
To learn more about our stroke programs, call 410-601-WELL (9355) or click here.

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