Timely and Effective Stroke Care

A stroke, sometimes called a "brain attack", occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted.  When a stroke occurs, brain cells in the immediate area begin to die because the stop getting the oxygen and nutrients they need to function.  There are two major kinds of stroke:
    >  An ischemic stroke is caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel or artery in the brain.
    >  A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a blood vessel in the brain that breaks and bleeds into the brain.
Strokes can cause a loss of the ability to speak, memory problems, or paralysis on one side of the body.  Getting the right care at the right time can help reduce the risk of complications and another stroke.  These measures show some of the standards of stroke care that hospitals should follow for adults who have had a stroke.

Data shown below for RMH is from the most recent update of CMS Hospital Compare / Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

 Measure

RMH Performance 

Illinois Av. 

U.S. Av. 

Notes: 

Ischemic stroke patients who got medicine to break up a blood clot within 3 hours after symptoms started. (Higher percentages are better.)

 Not avail.    

78% 

79% 

No cases met criteria.

Ischemic stroke patients who received medicine known to prevent complications caused by blood clots within 2 days of arriving at the hospital. (Higher percentages are better.)

 100%

 98%

 98%

 

Ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke patients who received treatment to keep blood clots from forming anywhere in the body within 2 days of arriving at the hospital. (Higher percentages are better.)

 100%

 96%

96% 

 

Ischemic stroke patients who received a prescription for medicine known to prevent complications caused by blood clots before discharge. (Higher percentages are better.)

 100%

99% 

99% 

 

Ischemic stroke patients with a type of irregular heartbeat who were given a prescription for a blood thinner at discharge. (Higher percentages are better.)

 Not avail.

96% 

96% 

Too few cases.

Ischemic stroke patients needing medicine to lower cholesterol, who were given a prescription for this medicine before discharge. (Higher percentages are better.)

 100%

 95%

 96%

 

Ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke patients or caregivers who received written educational materials about stroke care and prevention during the hospital stay.  (Higher percentages are better.)

 Not. avail.

 93%

 93%

Too few cases.

Ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke patients who were evaluated for rehabilitation services. (Higher percentages are better.)

 100%

 98%

 98%