Numerous studies have shown that specific clinical processes can improve outcomes for stroke patients. When a patient receives all of the clinical processes for which he or she is eligible, it is called “defect-free care.” The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have established treatment guidelines for stroke, and hospitals are measured based on how well they adhere to these guidelines and provide defect-free stroke care. A higher score is better.
Stroke patients who received medicine to break up a blood clot.
Stroke patients who received medicine known to prevent complications caused by blood clots.
Stroke patients who received treatment to prevent blood clots from forming.
Stroke patients who received a prescription to prevent complications caused by blood clots.
Stroke patients with an irregular heartbeat who were given a prescription for a blood thinner.
Stroke patients prescribed medicine to lower bad cholesterol.
Stroke patients or caregivers who received education about stroke care.
Stroke patients who were evaluated for rehabilitation services.