New stroke outcome measures don’t consider stroke severity

New measures that look at the quality of care provided by hospitals to stroke patients may wind up negatively affecting stroke care, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association said in a statement on Wednesday.

The stroke outcome measures, which profile hospital performance for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, look at whether […]

Get With The Guidelines program helps hospitals deliver better care, journal paper says

Following the Get With The Guidelinesprogram — which was launched by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to improve in-hospital quality — helps hospitals deliver better care for a broad range of cardiovascular conditions.

According to a paper released Tuesday in the journal Circulation, hospitals consistently following Get With The […]

Simple Science @Heart: Hospital uses auto assembly line techniques to speed up stroke care

A hospital stroke team in St. Louis, Mo., used Toyota’s “lean” manufacturing principles to streamline care — treating patients 21 minutes faster than usual.

The team adopted the manufacturer’s assembly line approach, removing unnecessary or inefficient steps and adjusting others in the hospital’s stroke treatment process.

After streamlining care, 78 […]