Spotlight on Target: Stroke

Updated:Jun 4,2012

Read about hospitals succeeding with Target: Stroke


June 2012
Summa Akron City Hospital, located in Akron, Ohio is a 994 bed facility seeing approximately 30 strokes per month in the Center for Stroke Care.  Summa Akron City Hospital is part of Summa Health System which is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Summa Akron City Hospital is a 2012 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award recipient and Target: Stroke Honor Roll hospital.

When asked, what their proudest accomplishment was in regards to their stroke program, Jan Weinhardt, Stroke Coordinator, MSN, RN, GCNS, BC stated, “We are most proud of our multidisciplinary team and how it has come together with a collaborative attitude dedicated to providing the best evidence based stroke standards of care.”

In order to be successful with the Target: Stroke campaign, Summa Akron City Hospital has implemented all 10 best practices which they say has made a significant impact on reducing IV rtPA Door-to-Needle (DTN) times.  They have found however that the three (3) best practices strategies that have made the most impact on reducing DTN times include prompt data feedback to physicians with their decision-making times. Because of this, rt-PA medication is being mixed ahead of time and ready for administration.  In addition, they have implemented point of care testing for timelier laboratory interpretations.
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