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MOBILE, Ala. -- The University of South Alabama Medical Center is being recognized by the American Heart Association for the way stroke patients are cared for when they arrive at the emergency department. The Medical Center’s stroke team had to achieve specific results spanning a two-year period to receive the award.
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S.
For the second year in a row, USA Medical Center’s stroke team earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus award. USA Medical Center also was the first hospital in Alabama to receive this honor for the rapid administration of a stroke-stopping medication called tPA.
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 developed using the latest scientific evidence. This recognition is granted to programs that have successfully rendered the high quality of care through the use of specific guidelines.
To qualify for the award, the hospital had to meet quality measures aimed at the reduction of time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with tPA. This clot buster is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat acute ischemic strokes. If given intravenously within 3 to 4.5 hours following the onset of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the debilitating effects of a stroke.
About USA Medical Center
As a state-certified Level 1 Trauma and Burn Center, USA Medical Center serves as the major referral center for southern Alabama, southeast Mississippi, and portions of northwest Florida. Last year alone, USA Medical Center served patients in 53 counties. The Medical Center’s designated trauma team - which includes around-the-clock trauma surgeons, cardiovascular surgeons, and neurosurgeons - treats an average of five critically injured patients a day, which is more than 1,700 people a year. As the go-to facility for the area’s toughest emergencies, USA Medical Center is capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention through rehabilitation. USA Medical Center is a part of USA Health.
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