LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. – The Lake Regional Health System has received it’s 6th consecutive American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines Stroke Plus Quality Achievement Award. This award is received by those who are going above and beyond the latest scientific guidelines to treat stroke patients.
The objective of Get With The Guidelines is to treat stroke patients with the proper medications and other advanced treatments with evidence-based guidelines. When properly done, recovery rates may vastly improve and the chances of being permanently disabled are slim.
The guidelines also ensure that hospitals are sending their patients home with an education about strokes, how to manage their health in better ways and schedule follow-up visits before they are discharged.
Lake Regional also recently received the Target: StrokeSM Elite Honor Roll award from the associations. The health system qualified because of the life-saving measures they’ve taken to reduce time between a stroke victim’s arrival and when they receive medical attention.
Many stroke victims are treated with a tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), which is a medication approved for the treatment of strokes that may have been caused by a clot blocking blood flow to the brain.
The hospital is a Level II Stroke Center in the Ozarks. The system offers new and improved stroke management techniques, specially trained staff, rehabilitation and board-certified neurologists. Lake Regional also has the capability to receive patients from other care facilities.
The Lake Regional Health System is also proud to announce that they have also received the association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Award. This particular award shows that Lake Regional has met guidelines with more than 90% compliance for at least twelve months for the Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score, the gold standard in diabetes care.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, strokes are the 5th leading cause of death and are the leading cause for disability in American adults. An American will experience a stroke every forty seconds, while nearly 795,000 will experience new or recurrent strokes in a year’s span.
You can read more about stroke symptoms, care and prevention at the American Stroke Association’s website. You can learn more about diabetes, care and prevention at the American Diabetes Association’s website.