Primary stroke centers more likely to be in states with certification programs

Searching public databases in 2010, researchers looked at the distribution of primary stroke centers, designated such by state health departments or national organizations (such as The Joint Commission in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association). They found that 24 percent of acute general hospitals are certified stroke centers.

Notably, in the eight that have a state-based program that designates such hospitals, the percentage (63 percent) of certified stroke centers was higher than in states that don't (13 percent).

Stroke centers that were certified by only state programs were smaller as shown by bed numbers than those that were certified by The Joint Commission certification, researchers said.

Researchers found several factors increased the chances of a hospital being designated a certified stroke center, including: location in an , larger hospital size and the presence of a state health department stroke program.

Hospitals were less likely to be certified stroke centers if they were located in the South or West.

Researchers concluded that location of the hospital and the existence of a state stroke center certification program influenced the likelihood of a being a certified stroke center. State legislation in stroke center designation could substantially increase the number of stroke centers across the United States, researchers said.

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

New measures could improve quality of care at stroke centers

Jan 13, 2011

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has proposed metrics that healthcare professionals can use to monitor the diagnosis and treatment of patients at stroke centers to help improve the quality of care ...

Study: Get thee to a stroke center

Jan 25, 2011

Hospitals with designated stroke centers are associated with up to 20 percent higher survival rate for patients with ischemic stroke and significantly greater use of acute stroke therapy. That is the conclusion of a study ...

Decade of efforts in stroke documented in new report

Feb 24, 2010

The American Stroke Association and other organizations have spent the last decade changing the care delivery system for stroke in the United States. Now the focus must include greater emphasis on prevention and recovery, ...

Arrival method, slow response often delay stroke care

Aug 08, 2008

Most stroke patients can't recall when their symptoms started or do not arrive at the hospital in a timely manner, so they cannot be considered for time-dependent therapies such as the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen ...

Recommended for you

Patient-centered medical homes reduce costs

14 hours ago

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH), introduced in 2007, is a model of health care that emphasizes personal relationships, team delivery of care, coordination across specialties and care settings, quality ...

New mums still excessively sleepy after four months

15 hours ago

(Medical Xpress)—New mums are being urged to be cautious about returning to work too quickly, after a QUT study found one in two were still excessively sleepy four months after giving birth.

It's time to address the health of men around the world

16 hours ago

All over the world, men die younger than women and do worse on a host of health indicators, yet policy makers rarely focus on this "men's health gap" or adopt programs aimed at addressing it, according to an international ...

User comments