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Anthony Hospital, January – December, 2016: 23%National Average (estimated): 3-8%
Nationally, only 3 to 8% of patients with ischemic stroke receive the
clot busting drug called Alteplase, also known as tPA. At the St. Anthony
Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center, it is our goal to give this medication to all
eligible patients in a timely yet safe manner. St. Anthony Hospital
treated approximately 23% of ischemic stroke patients with this potentially life-saving
The American Stroke Association launched a quality
improvement campaign called Target Stroke in order to encourage more timely
emergency treatment of patients who have an acute ischemic stroke.
Alteplase (tPA) is given to patients shortly after stroke symptoms have
started. Eligible patients can be treated with Alteplase (tPA) if they
are seen within 4.5 hours after the onset of a stroke. Studies have shown that Alteplase reduces the
risk of death and disability.
St. Anthony Hospital, January – December, 2016: Target Stroke Honor Roll - Elite Plus
St. Anthony Hospital was awarded the highest quality honor by the American Heart/American Stroke Association for the Target Stroke initiative in 2016. Target Stroke Honor Roll - Elite Plus indicates that for patients who received IV tPA for an acute ischemic stroke, the hospital treated 75 percent within 60 minutes AND 50 percent within 45 minutes. With outstanding team work that involves EMS personnel, ED physicians, nurses and staff, the St. Anthony Stroke team and others, we have consistently met Door to Needle benchmarks. We know that “Time is Brain” and we work hard to make our process as efficient and effective as possible during that critical time period.
Anthony Hospital, January – December, 2016: 0%National Average (estimated: 6%
St. Anthony Hospital has very experienced surgeons performing these
procedures and during the past year, there have not been any strokes or deaths
related to these surgeries.
The carotid arteries are located in the neck and bring
oxygenated blood to the brain. These arteries may become narrowed by a
build-up of cholesterol and calcium, called plaque. Narrowing of the
vessel can either lead to decreased flow of blood to the brain, or pieces of
plaque may break off and travel to the brain, cutting off blood flow and
causing a stroke. Doctors may recommend
surgery to open the artery, called a Carotid Endarterectomy, or placement of a
wire mesh, called a stent, inside the artery. These procedures open the
carotid artery to restore normal blood flow to the brain. Our rate of
complications for the past year was 0%, which is lower than the national
benchmark of 6%.
Anthony Hospital, January – December, 2016: 0%National Average (estimated): 8.35%
St. Anthony Hospital
has an excellent track record for both coiling and clipping aneurysms. The data presented is regarding endovascular coiling of an aneurysm.
There have been no strokes or deaths in patients with unruptured aneurysms who
underwent endovascular coiling of their cerebral aneurysm at St. Anthony
A cerebral aneurysm is a weak spot in the wall
of an artery that bulges outward and fills with blood. This is potentially
dangerous as the aneurysm can burst, or rupture, causing bleeding into and
around the brain. This is called an aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage
and is a very dangerous type of hemorrhagic, or bleeding, stroke. Fortunately, most aneurysms do not rupture.
Whether ruptured or unruptured, there are two
procedures commonly used to either clamp off or place coils inside of the
aneurysm to clot it off. Surgical clipping involves placing a small metal
clip across the base of the aneurysm to block it off from the artery. During
endovascular coiling, a catheter is threaded up to the brain and a tiny wire
coil is placed into the aneurysm. Blood will clot around the coils which
prevents blood from flowing into the weakened area of the artery. Blood is
still able to flow past the clipped or coiled aneurysm in the normal part of
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