Stroke Quality Data
Stroke Quality Measures and Outcomes
Stroke is a medical emergency that requires rapid treatment — the more quickly you receive care, the better your chances of survival and long-term recovery. You can also reduce your risk of serious side effects, including permanent disabilities, by seeking care from hospitals that have proven their ability to manage even the most complex stroke cases.
2022 Stroke Volume
Inpatient performance measures
TCMC utilizes evidence-based guidelines endorsed by The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, to ensure all patients suffering from stroke receive appropriate care. At TCMC, we monitor our compliance with our stroke core measures as endorsed by The Joint Commission. The chart below highlights our consistent performance in exceeding standards.
More about stroke core measures
Stroke core measures include:
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis – The percentage of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke patients who received a type of therapy to prevent blood clots the day of, or the day after, hospital admission.
Discharged on anti-thrombotic therapy – The percentage of ischemic stroke patients who were prescribed a type of blood thinning medication upon discharge from the hospital.
Number of patients prescribed anti-coagulation therapy for atrial fibrillation/flutter – The percentage of ischemic stroke patients diagnosed with a heart condition called atrial fibrillation, who were prescribed a blood thinning medication upon discharge from the hospital.
Thrombolytic therapy – Percentage of ischemic stroke patients who arrived at the hospital within two hours of stroke symptom onset, and were given a type of “clot-busting” medicine called intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV t-PA) within three hours of symptom onset.
Anti-thrombotic therapy by end of hospital day two – Percentage of ischemic stroke patients given a blood thinning medication by the end of their second day in the hospital.
Discharge on statin medication – Percentage of ischemic stroke patients who were prescribed a medication to lower cholesterol upon discharge from the hospital.
Stroke education – Percentage of ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke patients (or their caregivers) who were given stroke education materials during their hospital stay.
Assessed for rehabilitation – Percentage of ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke patients who were assessed for rehabilitation needs including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech or swallowing therapy.
Amount of time it takes to administer IV Alteplase (tPA) – Time is brain! Clinical practice guidelines recommend hospitals administer a type of clot-busting medicine called tPA to eligible ischemic stroke patients within 60 minutes of arrival.
TCMC has been recognized with the Target: Stroke Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award by the American Stroke Association for using thrombolytic therapy within 60 minutes in 75 percent or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients.
Effectiveness of endovascular procedures
Ischemic strokes are caused by a blockage in one of the arteries that supply blood to the brain. Patients with evidence of blockage in one of the major blood vessels in their brain, who present within the first six hours from the onset of their stroke, can be treated with a catheter-based approach. This endovascular treatment immediately restores blood flow, captures the blood clot and removes it from the blood vessel.
Thrombolysis in cerebral infarction (TICI), post-treatment reperfusion grade
Many hospitals use a scale called thrombolysis in cerebral infarction (TICI) to evaluate the success of endovascular treatments. The more open a blood vessel is following treatment, the more easily blood can flow through it.
In 2015, the Endovascular Stroke Standards Committee of the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology established the following national benchmark for hospitals: At least 50 percent of ischemic stroke patients who undergo endovascular treatment must achieve a TICI grade of “2b” or higher. This means the vessel completely fills with blood, even though the rate of blood flow may be slower than normal.
TICI Score >2b