Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.
As a result and after undergoing an on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, Crittenton has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for certification as a Primary Stroke Center. “In stroke care, time is brain,” says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “By achieving certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Crittenton has proven that it has the ability to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims and can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.”
In addition to being a Primary Stroke Center, Crittenton is also recognized as being an accredited Chest Pain Center. Crittenton is the only hospital in the immediate area that is certified by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and the Joint Commission as a primary stroke center.
Crittenton has supported technology and innovative growth through the journey of establishing an electronic medical record with CERNER/CHIPS and the Intranet site including all policies and stroke algorithms. There are also monthly case reviews with physicians, a nursing education council and EMS education and communication.
There are about 28,000 emergency department visits to Crittenton each year which is 58% of all hospital admissions. Because of this, quarterly EMS Manager meetings are held to improve the communication process in the “field to the hospital.” Pre-Hospital Education offered to EMS Providers includes 12 lead EKG interpretation, Stroke Education, Pain Managem ent, Pediatric Airway and ACS.