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Get With The Guidelines and Joint Commission Recognition

2019-GWTG-Stroke-compressorDelray Medical Center's Outcomes and Performance in Caring for Acute Stroke Patients.

Q1 2018 Door To Needle (DTN) average for tPA was 32.4 minutes. National average DTN is 43.5 minutes.

Delray received Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite Plus and Gold Plus awards from the American Stroke Association for time to thrombolytic therapy within 60 minutes in 75 percent or more of acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA AND time to thrombolytic therapy within 45 minutes in 50 percent of acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA.

Q1 2018 Door to Puncture (DTP) median for mechanical thrombectomy was 42 minutes. National median DTP is 76 minutes.

Q1 2018 CSTK-5 Hemorrhagic (bleed) Transformation post tPA and/or thrombectomy was 3%. National average hemorrhagic transformation is 5.6%.

Thrombectomy certificationDelray Medical Center has earned Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC) certification from The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). This certification signifies the hospital meets rigorous standards for performing mechanical endovascular thrombectomy (EVT), a specialized surgical procedure used to remove a blood clot from the brain during an ischemic stroke.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and more than 87 percent of cases are ischemic strokes caused by a clot that cuts off blood flow to a part of the brain. These types of strokes are largely treatable if a patient gets to a hospital that can provide the right treatment in time.

Delray Medical Center was evaluated during an onsite review last month for compliance with the TSC requirements that were developed with input from experts on comprehensive stroke treatment and stroke program management.

To be eligible for the certification, the hospital was required to meet strict guidelines that include performing EVT on a minimum of 15 patients in the past year, or 30 patients in the past two years, and the capability to perform EVT around the clock, seven days a week. The hospital’s primary neurointerventionists—the physicians who routinely perform emergency mechanical thrombectomy—also must meet the highest standards of subspecialty training.

Best Rated in Palm Beach County for Treatment of Stroke/Neurosciences

  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Neurosciences Excellence Award™ for 8 Years in a Row (2012-2019)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award™ for 10 Years in a Row (2010-2019)
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke for 8 Years in a Row (2012-2019)
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Neurosciences for 8 Years in a Row (2012-2019)
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke for 10 Years in a Row (2010-2019)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 12 Years in a Row (2008-2019)

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