EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — After undergoing an onsite evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire has been recertified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, earning a Certificate of Distinction from The Joint Commission.
Certification signifies dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients and demonstrates the Eau Claire program meets the critical elements of performance necessary to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.
The two-year recertification was received as a result of an onsite review conducted by The Joint Commission in March. The Eau Claire facility was first certified in 2006.
“The specialized experience, teamwork and rigorous standards of a certified Primary Stroke Center greatly helps patients who have suffered a stroke,” says Felix Chukwudelunzu, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Health System neurologist.
Each year, about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s fifth-leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and someone dies of a stroke every four minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the U.S., with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.
“A stroke is called a brain attack for good reason,” says Dr. Chukwudelunzu. “A stroke is a medical emergency in which there is a limited amount of time to intervene. If a patient is seen within 4 ½ hours from the onset of symptoms, we can provide treatment using tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, a clot-busting drug that can reduce the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability. Carefully-selected patients presenting within 24 hours from their stroke onset also may benefit from a procedure that snags the blood clot from the blood vessel in the brain. This results in immediate restoration of blood flow and minimizes permanent damage to the brain cells, leading to better and quicker recovery from their stroke.”
Certification as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission is based on recommendations published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements and guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program — the nation’s first — in 2003. A list of The Joint Commission’s certified programs is available from Quality Check.
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public by evaluating organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates more than 18,000 organizations and programs in the U.S. An independent nonprofit, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.
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