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Quality outcomes

Giving you the highest quality care is our first priority

At Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, we support the nationwide effort to ensure that patients coming into the hospital with specific conditions receive recommended care based on medical research and consensus of opinion of physician experts.

When available, Novant Health facilities use nationally established benchmarks for comparison of outcomes at our facilities. We are providing the following information about two neuro-interventional procedures performed at Forsyth Medical Center: carotid artery stenting and aneurysm coiling as well as complications associated with these procedures.

A quality measure is medical information from patient records converted into a rate of percentage that shows how well hospitals care for their patients. You can use this quality information to help you compare hospitals. We encourage you to discuss the benefits and risks of these procedures with your physician.

Carotid artery stenting
Stroke patients may show blockages or narrowing of the carotid arteries, which are the arteries in the neck that supply blood to the brain. Carotid artery stenting (CAS) is a procedure where a stent is placed into the artery to keep it open and keep blood flowing in order to reduce the risk of stroke or even prevent a second stroke.

A major stroke is defined as a stroke that results in death or moderate to severe disability. A minor stroke is defined as a stroke that results in mild disability but does not cause the patient to need help with self-care after discharge from the hospital.

2020 Carotid Stenting NHFMC

A lower number is better.


Nationally-accepted benchmarks for the incidence of stroke with carotid stenting through the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Carotid Stenting Facilities are 6 percent for patients who have already had symptoms of stroke and 3 percent for patients who have not.

Our stroke centers performed better than the standards shown above. Forsyth Medical Center is one of the few hospitals in the country accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Carotid Stenting Facilities.

Aneurysms
An aneurysm is a bulge or weakening of the artery wall. Depending on a patient’s need, physicians use a minimally invasive procedure called “coiling,” or a surgical procedure called “clipping,” to block the blood flow through the aneurysm to prevent it from rupturing (bleeding). A ruptured aneurysm may lead to a life-threatening stroke or death. The purpose of treating an unruptured aneurysm is to prevent the bleeding in the first place.

2020 Aneurysm Mortality NHFMC

A lower number is better.


Arrival to stroke treatment with Alteplase (tPA)
Treating patients with ischemic stroke as quickly as possible is critical in order to achieve better neurologic outcomes. Alteplase, also known as tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), the clot-busting drug used to treat ischemic stroke, can only be administered within 4.5 hours of stroke symptom onset in order to be effective, and the sooner it is administered, the better. In 2020, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center administered tPA as follows:

2020 Aneurysm Mortality NHFMC

A lower number is better.


Top hospitals in the country administer tPA to patients with ischemic stroke within 60 minutes from the time they arrived at the hospital. At Forsyth Medical Center, the stroke team administered tPA in under 30 minutes 76 percent of the time, as compared with 35 percent at other North Carolina hospitals and 37 percent at other recognized Comprehensive Stroke Centers in the US.

For more information on core measures, please see Medicare.gov.