03/16/2006

WVUH Stroke Program Earns Joint Commission Certification

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University Hospitals has earned Primary Stroke Center Certification from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The hospital earned this distinction after the Joint Commission conducted an on-site review in January.

"We're proud to achieve the distinction," said Bruce McClymonds, president and CEO of WVUH. "Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community. The stroke team is made up of many people from across the hospital, working together to improve the quality of stroke care in West Virginia."

In 2005, WVUH cared for 919 stroke patients.

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 second 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. While stroke is primarily thought of as a disease related to age, people of all ages, including children, can suffer from stroke.

"West Virginia University Hospital demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients," says Charles A. Mowll, executive vice president of the Joint Commission.

"Certification demonstrates a commitment to excellence in providing primary stroke center services," said David Libell, M.D., medical director of the WVU stroke center.

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 guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program - the nation's first - in 2003. A list of Joint Commission-certified programs is available at www.jcaho.org.

To be certified as a primary stroke center by JCAHO, a hospital must meet 11 major standards. These standards include:

* hospital and administrative support for a stroke center

* an active stroke team

* written care protocols for stroke patients

* emergency medical guidelines for pre-hospital personnel

* emergency department providers who are familiar with the care of stroke patients

* a stroke unit in the hospital

* neurosurgical services

* CT- or MRI-based neuroimaging services

* laboratory services

* outcomes and quality improvement

* educational programs for the public.

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The West Virginia University Stroke Team

The West Virginia University Stroke team is made up of people from across the hospital and the community. It includes:

· Emergency Services

o Emergency Medicine Staff

o EMS

o Health Net Flight Services

· Neurology

· Radiology

o Interventional Neuroradiology

o Radiology Technicians

· Neurosurgery

· Clinical Labs

· Inpatient Pharmacy

· Nursing

o Emergency Department

o STAT Nursing

o MICU

o 9 East

· Rehabilitation Services

· Care Management

Facts about Stroke

The West Virginia University Comprehensive Stroke Center was formed in 2000. The interdisciplinary center is staffed with in-house neurology residents 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

The WVU Comprehensive Stroke Center cared for 919 stroke patients in 2005.

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 every 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. While stroke is primarily thought of as a disease related to age, people of all ages, including children, can suffer from stroke.

A stroke is a type of cerebrovascular disease that affects the arteries of the brain. Damage is caused when nerve cells in the brain are deprived of oxygen, either by blood clots or hemorrhages. When brain cells die, function of the body parts they control becomes damaged or destroyed. This may cause paralysis, speech problems, memory and reasoning deficits, coma and possibly death.

ere are two kinds of stroke:

· An ischemic stroke is caused by a reduction in blood flow to the brain. The reduction can be caused by a blockage or narrowing in an artery that supplies blood to the brain or when the blood flow is reduced because of a heart or other condition.

· A hemorrhagic stroke develops when an artery in the brain leaks or bursts and causes bleeding inside the brain tissue or near the surface of the brain.

Various medical procedures are used to treat both types of strokes. A device approved by the FDA for treatment of ischemic strokes is the Merci retriever, a corkscrew-like device that actually pulls the clot out of the artery.

 

Facts about Stroke

The West Virginia University Comprehensive Stroke Center was formed in 2000. The interdisciplinary center is staffed with in-house neurology residents 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

The WVU Comprehensive Stroke Center cared for 919 stroke patients in 2005.

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 every 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. While stroke is primarily thought of as a disease related to age, people of all ages, including children, can suffer from stroke.

A stroke is a type of cerebrovascular disease that affects the arteries of the brain. Damage is caused when nerve cells in the brain are deprived of oxygen, either by blood clots or hemorrhages. When brain cells die, function of the body parts they control becomes damaged or destroyed. This may cause paralysis, speech problems, memory and reasoning deficits, coma and possibly death.

There are two kinds of stroke:

· An ischemic stroke is caused by a reduction in blood flow to the brain. The reduction can be caused by a blockage or narrowing in an artery that supplies blood to the brain or when the blood flow is reduced because of a heart or other condition.

· A hemorrhagic stroke develops when an artery in the brain leaks or bursts and causes bleeding inside the brain tissue or near the surface of the brain.

Various medical procedures are used to treat both types of strokes. A device approved by the FDA for treatment of ischemic strokes is the Merci retriever, a corkscrew-like device that actually pulls the clot out of the artery.

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
casew@rcbhsc.wvu.edu
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