CAMC has been awarded the Bronze Performance Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association for accomplishments within Get With The Guidelines – Stroke (GWTG – Stroke). The award recognizes CAMC’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. CAMC was the only hospital in West Virginia to receive this designation.
To receive the GWTG–Stroke Bronze Performance Achievement Award, CAMC consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the GWTG–Stroke program for 90 days. These include aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs, and smoking cessation. The 90-day evaluation period is the first in an ongoing self-evaluation by the hospital to continually reach the compliance level needed to sustain this award.
GWTG–Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their health care professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second stroke. Through GWTG – Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles.