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Capital Region Medical Center is Once Again Nationally Recognized for its Commitment to Providing High-Quality Stroke Care

Hospital news | Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Contact: Alaina Winship

For the fourth consecutive year in a row, Capital Region Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s GoldPlus Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times.

Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest research- and evidence-based guidelines. Get With The Guidelines - Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.

Capital Region Medical Center is committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines. CRMC neurologist, Dr. Harathi Bandaru, says CRMC’s stroke team, in collaboration with University of Missouri Health Care, is very well designed as it provides complete stroke care. She explains, “when a patient comes to our emergency department, they are carefully assessed to determine if they meet the criteria for TPA, a clot busting medication. If TPA can be administered, the patient is admitted into the ICU and monitored 24/7. If the patient requires mechanical thrombectomy, a clot retrieval technique, they are transferred to the University Hospital.”

Dr. Bandaru goes on to share that she, or Dr. Sharmila Suri of CRMC’s Neurology Clinic, move
through the treatment plan with the patient, communicating with emergency department staff, hospitalists and nursing team along the way to ensure everyone is on the same page. The neurology team will then follow up with the patient after they are discharged and begin a plan for continuity of care, whether they were admitted at CRMC or University Hospital.