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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 they 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.

Timely Stroke Care

Ischemic stroke patients who got medicine to break up a blood clot within 3 hours after symptoms started

Abington Hospital 95%
Abington – Lansdale Hospital Not Available *
Pennsylvania Average 91% ***
National Average 88% ***

Higher percentages are better

What It Is and Why It Is Important

  • Patients with ischemic stroke should get medicine called tissue plasminogen activator, or t-PA, to break up a blood clot within three (3) hours after their symptoms start. T-PA is a kind of thrombolytic therapy.
  • Research shows that hospitals that give t-PA within three (3) hours after symptoms start can limit the damage and disability caused by an ischemic stroke.
  • This measure shows the percentage of patients admitted with ischemic stroke who arrived in the emergency department (ED) within two (2) hours of the onset of their symptoms and who got t-PA within three hours after the onset of their symptoms.

* The number of cases/patients is too few to report.
*** State and national averages do not include VHA hospital data.

Source: The information was provided from Hospital Compare (Data Collection period: 1/1/2016 through 12/31/2016), a quality tool developed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. You may use the information in Hospital Compare together with the other information you gather about hospitals as you decide where to get hospital services. You may want to contact your health care provider, your State Survey Agency or your state Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for more information. If you have a complaint about the quality of the medical care you or a loved one received at a hospital, first contact the hospital's patient advocate. Or, contact your state QIO. If you have other complaints about a health care facility, contact your State Survey Agency. Additional information about hospitals may be found on the state websites.