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Published: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

MENDOTA – Mendota Community Hospital is part of the American Heart Association-American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke program.

The goal of the program is to improve the overall quality of care for stroke patients by improving acute stroke treatment and preventing future strokes and cardiovascular events.

Get With The Guidelines – Stroke was developed to help hospitals employ proven science-based treatment guidelines, including those developed by the American Stroke Association, American Heart Association, and Brain Attack Coalition. These guidelines address acute stroke management, primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases, secondary prevention of strokes, and the establishment of primary stroke centers.

Mendota Community Hospital is developing 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, having immediate access to neurologists who are available for consultation, and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.

The hospital also is increasing its efforts to prevent secondary strokes through the aggressive use of medications such as statins and anti-platelets as indicated in the secondary stroke prevention guidelines. Other methods include the treatment of atrial fibrillation and atherosclerosis and management of smoking cessation, weight, exercise, diabetes, and cholesterol.

Through the program, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association provides 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.

For more information, call 815-539-7461.

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