Stroke Quality Scores
Time to Thrombolytic
When a stroke occurs, “time is brain.” In certain types of stroke caused by a clot, medications known as thrombolytics can be used to break up the clot and restore blood flow to the brain. These medications must be administered as quickly as possible. Receiving the drug timely greatly reduces the risk of permanent disability. The American Heart Association / American Stroke Association has set the goal for recognition of the highest performing hospitals to be 50% of patients receiving the drug within 45 minutes, and 75% of patients receiving the drug within 60 minutes. Mercy Hospital of Buffalo far exceeds these goals in both measures.