Abstract W P286: Assessing Wisconsin Hospitals’ Capacity to Treat Acute Stroke
Introduction: Establishing regional stroke systems of care can improve timely treatment and survival, and reduce disability and related healthcare costs for persons experiencing acute stroke. A well-functioning stroke system requires seamless coordination between EMS, hospitals and certified stroke centers. Of 127 non-specialty hospitals in Wisconsin, 2% are comprehensive stroke centers and 24% have achieved primary stroke center certification. However, little is known about other hospitals’ capacity to treat acute stroke. The Wisconsin Stroke Coalition (WSC) wanted to better understand the need to improve stroke care capacity among hospitals not certified to treat stroke. The hypothesis was that few non-stroke certified hospitals in Wisconsin have all the criteria in place to treat acute stroke.
Methods: WSC developed a short survey based on the Brain Attack Coalition’s recommendations for an acute stroke-ready hospital (ASRH). The tool included a user-friendly checklist that captured the status of each recommendation; in place currently or within six months; could be developed with assistance; or no plan to develop. WSC distributed the survey to 88 non-specialty, non-stroke certified hospitals and requested that each self-report their level of stroke care.
Results: Fifty-nine percent of hospitals responded to the survey. Among respondents, 5% reported having all recommendations in place within six months, 53% reported having some of the recommendations in place and 1% reported no plan to develop any of the recommendations. While only a few had implemented every recommendation, the majority either had in place or were receptive to adopting individual suggestions. Nearly half of respondents reported having telestroke in place (either by phone, with video, or both).
Conclusions: According to self-reported data, non-specialty, non-stroke certified hospitals in Wisconsin appear well-positioned or receptive to developing basic recommendations for acute stroke-ready hospitals. WSC plans to disseminate findings to Wisconsin hospitals and gather further information about technical assistance that would improve their level of stroke care and coordination with EMS.
Author Disclosures: J.E. Baumann: None.
- © 2015 by American Heart Association, Inc.