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Ischemic stroke patients who received a prescription for medicine known to prevent complications caused by blood clots before discharge

Description of Measure

Patients admitted with an ischemic stroke are at risk for developing complications like another stroke even after discharge. These patients should get a prescription at discharge for a blood thinner that prevents complications like another stroke (called Antithrombotic Therapy.)

Why is this Important?

Serious complications caused by strokes include changes in thinking and memory; muscle, joint, and nerve problems; or difficulty swallowing or eating; or blood clots.

This measure shows the percentage of patients who were admitted with an ischemic stroke who were given a prescription for an antithrombotic before they were discharged from the hospital.

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All descriptions and data sources are reported from Hospital Compare.

Data reported are based on discharges from 2nd Quarter 2012 through 1st Quarter 2013

 

Pneumonia can be extremely dangerous and even life threatening. We stress to our patients that they get annual flu shots. Taking proper precautions throughout their daily lives are also important measures to avoid infections that cause pneumonia. Eating a balanced diet, getting plenty of rest and practicing good hand hygiene are always encouraged.

 

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