Using a Quality Improvement Process to Create Measurable Improvement in Care Delivery for Acute Stroke
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The introduction of thrombolytic therapy has revolutionized the management of acute ischemic stroke, and it has now been conclusively established that tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) given within 4.5 hours of stroke onset both limits irreversible ischemic neuronal damage by establishing reperfusion of the penumbra and improves outcomes for patients who have undergone stroke. As a regional stroke centre, Hamilton Health Services (HHS) seeks to ensure it meets guidelines and readiness criteria in acute stroke care. This article discusses how HHS developed and used a quality improvement process to ensure all patients receive thrombosis therapy within 60 minutes of arrival at hospital.
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