BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Bridgeport Hospital has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the quality of its stroke care and its resuscitation measures for cardiac arrest patients.
The hospital earned a Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award after consistently meeting quality measures for stroke care in previous years, according to a press release. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, according to a press release.
The hospital also made the AHA/ASA Target: Stroke Honor Roll. This signifies the hospital met quality measures to reduce the time between a patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke, which is caused by a clot in an artery supplying blood to the brain, according to a press release.
If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on nationally-respected clinical guidelines,” said emergency medicine physician Michael Werdmann, co-medical director of the Bridgeport Hospital stroke program, in a press release.
Bridgeport Hospital 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, according to a press release.
The hospital’s efforts to save cardiac-arrest patients were rewarded with a Get With the Guidelines Silver Resuscitation Award.
“The GWTG Resuscitation Award is a tribute not only to nurse educator Gloria Bindelglass’ excellent work in teaching the medical and nursing staff but also to the hospital’s entire CPR committee,” said cardiologist Dr. Gil Lancaster, CPR committee chair, in a press release.
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