Stroke Measures

The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Stroke and Neurovascular Program treated 927 patients in 2012.

While hospitalized, patients’ immediate stroke symptoms were treated, and diagnostic tests performed to determine the cause or source of the stroke. The goal is to prevent another stroke or neurovascular event.

Our expert team of specialists provides comprehensive stroke care, including identifying and managing secondary health issues. They are efficient in identifying and managing all associated neurovascular risk factors.

The above information addresses the Institute of Medicine’s aim for health care that is efficient.

During the first few hours following an ischemic stroke, the use of intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV tPA) and other thrombolytic drugs and procedures may significantly improve patient outcomes. Thrombolytics are drugs that dissolve stroke-causing blood clots.

During 2009-2012 at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin:

  • The percentage of acute stroke patients who arrived at the hospital within two hours of stroke onset and who were given IV thrombolytics was 90.8 percent.
  • This is more than 5 points higher than the target set by the American Stroke/American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program (85 percent).
  • Froedtert’s average was more than 12 points higher than the national average of all hospitals (78.5 percent).

Around the clock, a team of stroke specialists at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin is available with extensive experience in rapidly administering tPA.

Stroke Quality Chart

The above information addresses the Institute of Medicine’s aim for health care that is timely.

About Get With The Guidelines® — Stroke Quality Measures

Get With The Guidelines® — Stroke is a hospital-based initiative of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. It improves stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines. Numerous published studies demonstrate the program's success in achieving measurable patient outcome improvements.

In 2013, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Stroke and Neurovascular Program earned the Gold Plus Award, the highest level of recognition from the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Annual Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes commitment and success in implementing the highest standard of stroke care. See how Froedtert & the Medical College measure up according to these guidelines.

Additionally, Froedert & The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Stroke and Neurovascular Center earned the highest level of recognition – Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification – from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Froedert & the Medical College Stroke and Neurovascular Program was the first organization in eastern Wisconsin to be awarded this designation.

Comprehensive Stroke Center Designation