At Sparrow Hospital we use Clinical Practice Guidelines set forth by the American Heart Association to ensure quality care. We review each death to evaluate whether care was delivered in an appropriate manner and whether recommended guidelines were followed. We use an early warning scoring process to alert Caregivers of a worsening condition that requires a quick response.

In 2015, we had 660 stroke admissions including ischemic (clot causing) stroke, hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke, TIA (mini stroke). In 2016 through August we had over 358 ischemic (clot causing) stroke, hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke, and TIA (mini stroke) admissions.
Mortality - Stroke
We track the rate of hospital mortality for Patients being treated for many conditions. Our goal is to have a rate less than what is expected based on the severity of the Patient’s illness.




What are we doing to improve? We use Clinical Practice Guidelines set forth by the American Heart Association to ensure quality care. We review each death to evaluate whether care was delivered in appropriate manner and follows recommended guidelines.  We use an early warning scoring process to alert Caregivers of a worsening condition that requires a quick response.


Appropriate Care Score - Stroke
This score shows how often Patients received all recommended treatments for their clinical condition. Goal is 100%.



    To ensure rapid delivery of optimum care including clot-busting drug, Sparrow Hospital provides:
    • 24/7 availability of board-certified stroke neurologists with in-house neurology physicians
    • Advanced diagnostic testing 
    • State of the art procedural  and neuro-intensive care units 
    • Regular quality review

    Patient Satisfaction

    As a part of Sparrow’s commitment to always putting the Patient first, all stroke Patients and their caretaker receive an educational stroke packet at admission with a communication form that provides photos of all stroke Physicians and space for any questions they may have. This stroke packet also discusses diagnoses, risk factors, and support group information.

    Procedural Complication Rate
    In addition to mortality rates for stroke, we monitor complication rates for procedures related to stroke care.  Complications related to carotid endartectomy and carotid stents can be devastating.  Our goal is to avoid these events and to have a rate that is lower than expected.

     

    • Performance (January 2015 to August 2016): 5.2 percent
    • Expected (From The Joint Commission): Less than 6 percent

    How are we doing? Better than expected.

    Data source: Internal review by our Performance Improvement Department and Stroke Program Physicians.