In the United States 795,000 people suffer from stroke annually.
While stroke is only the fifth largest cause of death in this country it is the number one cause of disability.
There are 6.4 million stroke survivors currently living in the United States. Twenty percent of stroke survivors still require institutional care after three months and fifteen to thirty percent experience permanent disability (Massaro, 2012).
Unfortunately, only 3 to 5 percent of those who suffer a stroke reach the hospital in time to be considered for the only FDA approved pharmaceutical treatment for acute ischemic stroke (AIS) (“Stroke Awareness,” 2015).
Providing best practice for stroke patients relies on the ability to constantly improve stroke care process (Peterson, 2015).
For a potential stroke patient, there is a national goal for time from the moment a patient enters the doors of the hospital until they receive their CT scan.
This goal exists in order to improve stroke outcomes, reduce length of hospital stay, and most importantly, dramatically improve stroke patient quality of life.
The national goal for “door-to-CT” time is 25 minutes.
The Emergency Department and Imaging Department at UP Health System – Marquette have created a process that provides a “door-to-CT” average time of 3.6 minutes (compared to the national goal of 25 minutes).
This provides patients in the Upper Peninsula with an unparalleled level of stroke care response.