CarePoint Health – Bayonne Medical Center Joins Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Program

Through GWTG–Stroke, the American Stroke Association provides CarePoint Health – Bayonne Medical Center training and staffing recommendations, care maps, discharge protocols, standing orders, data-collection and measurement tools.

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Bayonne, NJ (PRWEB) July 16, 2014

CarePoint Health – Bayonne Medical Center has joined American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke, a quality improvement program created to help hospital teams provide guideline-based care for stroke patients.

GWTG–Stroke was originally developed from recommendations by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the Brain Attack Coalition. These recommendations led to clinical guidelines for hospital teams to use with the goal of helping speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients.

As a GWTG–Stroke participating hospital, CarePoint Health – Bayonne Medical Center is encouraged to develop a comprehensive system for providing rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke when patients are admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain-imaging scans, making neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.

CarePoint Health – Bayonne Medical Center is also increasing its efforts to prevent secondary strokes through the aggressive use of medications such as statins and anti-platelets. Other methods include the treatment of atrial fibrillation and atherosclerosis and management of smoking cessation, weight, exercise, diabetes and cholesterol.

Through GWTG–Stroke, the American Stroke Association provides CarePoint Health – Bayonne Medical Center training and staffing recommendations, care maps, discharge protocols, standing orders, data-collection and measurement tools. The program also facilitates creating and sharing best practices among participating hospitals.

“CarePoint Health – Bayonne Medical Center is dedicated to helping our stroke patients have the best possible outcome and implementing the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program will help us accomplish this by making it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis,” said Dr. Erica Frangione-Edfort, NVRN-BC, RN-BC, FAHA.

Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. About 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year, and the number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade.

For More Information about CarePoint Health – Bayonne Medical Center’s stroke initiative, contact:
Dr. Erica Frangione-Edfort, NVRN-BC, RN-BC, FAHA
201-858-4395
Efrangione-edfort(at)bmcnj(dot)org

About CarePoint Health:
CarePoint Health brings quality, patient-focused health care to Hudson County. Combining the resources of three area hospitals - Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital in Jersey City, and Hoboken University Medical Center - CarePoint Health provides a new approach to deliver health care that puts the patient front and center. We leverage a network of top doctors, nurses and other medical professionals whose expertise and attentiveness work together to provide complete coordination of care, from the doctor’s office to the hospital to the home. Patients benefit from the expertise and capabilities of a broad network of leading specialists and specialized technology. And at CarePoint Health, all of our medical professionals emphasize preventive medicine and focus on educating patients to make healthy life choices. For more information on our facilities, partners and services, visit our website, http://www.carepointhealth.org.

About Get With The Guidelines:
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality and heart.org/myhealthcare.