Antithrombotic Medication Prescribed at Discharge

What are we measuring?
The percentage (%) of stroke patients prescribed antithrombotic medication at discharge.
Why is this important?
Many stroke patients need to continue using antithrombotic medication after discharge from the hospital to reduce the risk for recurrence of stroke.
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Anticoagulation Therapy Prescribed at Discharge for Patients with Atrial Fibrillation / Flutter

What are we measuring?
The percentage (%) of stroke patients, who also have atrial fibrillation / flutter, given a prescription for anticoagulation therapy at discharge.
Why is this important?
Atrial fibrillation is a condition where the atrium of the heart does not beat normally. Blood can pool in the atrium because it does not contract with a strong squeeze. Blood clots can form and travel to other places in the body. Blood thinning (anticoagulant) medications like Coumadin (Warfarin) can decrease the risk of a blood clot forming.
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Documentation of Written Stroke Education Materials Provided before Discharge

What are we measuring?
The percentage (%) of stroke patients, who have documentation in their medical record that written stroke education materials have been provided to them or their family before they are discharged.
Why is this important?
It is important for stroke patients and their families to know what to do to prevent another stroke.  It is also important to know what to do if they experience another stroke. Before stroke patients are discharged they are educated about the following:
  • Follow up appointments after discharge
  • Medications they need to take after they are discharged.
  • Personal risk factors that could lead to another stroke.
  • Warning signs and symptoms of another stroke. 
  • How to activate the Emergency Medical System (Call 911)
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Assessed for Rehabilitation Services before Discharge

What are we measuring?
The percentage (%) of stroke patients who have documentation in their medical record that they were assessed for rehabilitation services before discharge.
Why is this important?
A stroke ;may cause damage to the brain, and make it difficult for a patient to resume normal daily activities. Rehabilitation services after a stroke may help a patient return to their home and their normal daily activities sooner. Sometimes patients who have experienced a mild stroke are discharged to home and do not need to go to a rehabilitation facility.
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Source of BIDMC Data: American Heart Association's "Get with the Guidelines" data registry.

Source of comparison data: American Heart Association's "Get with the Guidelines" goals.

Last Updated: March 2018