Stroke award received in Eau Claire for quality care

June 29, 2016

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke.

Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” says neurologist Felix Chukwudelunzu, M.D. “Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”

Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire also has met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the Emergency Department.

“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire for its commitment to stroke care,” says Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and professor of medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”

Quick medical attention helped Mark Diers survive a stroke on Superbowl Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016.

“It was like a light switch went off,” says Diers, a 64-year-old from Eau Claire. He was at work at a retail store when, suddenly, he had trouble speaking and couldn’t make his right hand work correctly. A co-worker of Diers drove him to the Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

Neurologist Donn Dexter, M.D., was on call and examined Diers.

“Mr. Diers was fortunate that he came into the hospital right away. The guidelines allow people like him, who are having a stroke and get evaluated promptly, to be treated with the clot-busting drug tPA,” says Dr. Dexter.

After receiving tPA, Diers felt much better.

“It was like a light switch went back on again,” Diers says. “In 20 minutes, I felt like I could go back to work.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Get more information on stroke at mayoclinichealthsystem.org.

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