Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Hemorrhagic strokes make up about 13 percent of the nearly 800,000 strokes that occur annually, and they have a higher mortality rate than other types of stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Launched in February, new hemorrhagic stroke-specific features are now available to Get With The Guidelines – Stroke participants as part of the American Heart Association’s Hemorrhagic Stroke Initiative.
Mercy Hospital Fort Smith is among the first hospitals that committed to expanding focus on hemorrhagic stroke patient care by adding the no-cost additions within a week of its launch.
“As an early adopter of these new data elements and features, we are excited to better track this information and provide even better care to our patients experiencing hemorrhagic stroke,” said Dr. Sujan Reddy, neurohospitalist and stroke program medical director at Mercy Fort Smith. “Mercy Fort Smith is proud to be part of this national effort.”
For more information about the American Heart Association’s Hemorrhagic Stroke Initiative and to see all sites collecting this data to improve hemorrhagic stroke care, visit www.heart.org/hemorrhagic.