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Having reliable and understandable information about the quality of care our hospitals provide can help you make the best healthcare decisions possible.
At Novant Health, we support the nationwide effort to establish national benchmarks for care. These benchmarks help ensure that patients coming into the hospital with specific conditions receive recommended care based on medical research and consensus of opinion of physician experts.
Below are examples of the performance measures that we monitor and report in order to improve the care and the outcomes of our stroke patients at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, an advanced comprehensive stroke center and Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, a primary stroke center.
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 provider.
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.
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. In 2016, Forsyth Medical Center and Presbyterian Medical Center reported no major or minor strokes.
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. In 2016, Forsyth Medical Center and Presbyterian Medical Center had no deaths related to unruptured aneruysms.
A lower number is better.