• May is Stroke Awareness Month- GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL is recognized with quality achievement award for stroke care

    MAY 1, 2014 – (GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL) has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients. A ceremony will be held, May 6th at Noon, at Good Samaritan Hospital in honor of Stroke Awareness Month. The Good Samaritan Stroke Team, including physicians, will be available for interviews.
    Get With The Guidelines Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Good Samaritan Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

    Good Samaritan Hospital also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke who receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability.

    Good Samaritan Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke helps us achieve that goal,” said Allison Everman, Director Marketing and Communications. “With this award, our hospital demonstrates our commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines.”

    “We are pleased to recognize Good Samaritan Hospital for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”

    Get With The Guidelines–Stroke also helps Good Samaritan Hospital’s staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly. Hospitals can make customized patient education materials available upon discharge, based on the patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format in either English or Spanish.

    According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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    ABOUT GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL:

    Good Samaritan Hospital is an acute care hospital serving Santa Clara County, California, in two locations: main campus in San Jose and Mission Oaks campus in Los Gatos. Good Samaritan Hospital is one of the first five hospitals in the United States certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, and the first in Santa Clara County to be certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. Our Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Program is the first Silicon Valley hospital with a CARF accreditation specifically for stroke. For more information visit, goodsamsanjose.com.

    About Get With The Guidelines

    Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 4 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/myhealthcare .

  • Understanding Concussions and TBIs

    That Looks Painful

    Each year, at least 1.7 million TBIs occur as an isolated injury or along with other injuries. Concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have serious and long-lasting health symptoms or disabilities, though they may not become apparent until hours, days, or even months later. The brain contains a sensitive network of nerves and arteries, and even light trauma could cause significant chemical changes inside the brain. Learn more about TBIs and how to prevent them below.

    Do All Head Injuries Cause TBIs?

    It is true that not all blows to the head cause TBIs. Concussions are often described as “mild” brain injuries if they are not immediately life-threatening, but they can still have a wide range of health effects without proper supervision and treatment. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that a loss of consciousness longer than 30 seconds may indicate more significant intracranial injuries, but be aware that most concussions do not involve any loss of consciousness and can still cause various symptoms.

    What Are the Health Risks of TBIs?

    The severity and longevity of TBI symptoms can vary significantly, and may notice cognitive impairments, loss of sensations, or even emotional changes. Symptoms of a mild concussion usually resolve within a month, but if they persist or worsen it may be a sign of post-concussion syndrome (PCS). Depending on the severity of the TBI, risk for dementia or epilepsy may also increase. Long-term research suggests that repeated mild TBIs can lead to cumulative health effects.

    How Can I Prevent Severe TBIs?

    Mild concussions are fairly common sports injuries , so it is important to always wear a properly fitted helmet certified by the Snell Foundation. Do not use helmets for anything other than their intended purpose, as testing standards vary for different activities—a sports helmet will not necessarily provide adequate protection and support on a bicycle or other self-propelled vehicle.

    Good Samaritan Hospital is an award-winning institution that has been serving Santa Clara County since the early 1960s, and since then we’ve grown into a trusted family hospital with award-winning facilities for emergency and specialty care. Subscribe to our blog for the latest health and wellness tips, or stay prepared for any emergency by saving our 24-Hour Consult-A-Nurse Healthcare Referral number at (408) 559-2011.

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