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Amrita Hospital bags prestigious World Stroke Organization Angels Award Featured

Published in Health Thursday, 05 August 2021 20:11

 

 

 

~ The award recognizes hospitals that have demonstrated commitment to quality stroke care and have established cultures and systems to support continuous improvement ~

 

 

 

Kochi,: Amrita Hospital, Kochi has become the proud recipient of the Gold Status in World Stroke Organization (WSO) Angels awards Quarter 1(Q1) 2021 for the best management of brain stroke patients. Stroke is the second leading cause of death and disability worldwide.

 

For a WSO Angels Award, hospitals are considered with a minimum of 30 consecutive stroke patients and following verification of data. The ‘WSO Angels Awards’ are conferred quarterly and aim to provide practical support to improve stroke care globally, recognize and promote the best practice in stroke care and share key learning around the implementation of quality stroke care. The award recognizes hospitals that have demonstrated commitment to quality stroke care and have established cultures and systems to support continuous improvement.

 

Expressing his pleasure at being conferred the prestigious award Dr. Vivek Nambiar, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Stroke Medicine, Amrita Hospitals, Kochi said “The achievement is a milestone in our journey and our doctors have been ceaselessly working towards providing the best services to the patients. The Division of Stroke Medicine at Amrita Hospital is the first dedicated department in India to provide the most comprehensive stroke care. This achievement is equally shared among departments of emergency medicine, radiology and stroke as this is a team effort. The division treated over 1400 stroke patients in the first quarter of 2021. There were many challenges that we faced due to the pandemic, however our team worked tirelessly with seamless coordination and timely intervention which are vital elements in preventing long-term damage to stroke patients. Stroke is a disease that requires emergency treatment to prevent any disability in the patients as it is a situation where two million neurons die every minute.”

 

When a stroke patient comes to the emergency department, it is necessary to conduct tests like CT scan, MRI scan and get immediate treatment to the patient like either giving a blockbusting drug or a clot-dissolving drug or catheter angiogram and thrombectomy which is catheter removal of the clot.

 

Commenting on the importance of urgent testing, Dr Nambiar said, “It is always better to do these tests at the earliest so as many patients can be saved as possible. There are certain criteria for managing strokes like how soon the CT scan was done after the arrival of the patient, when the CT scan was examined by the stroke specialist or neurologist and when the clot-busting drug was given, etc. These timings are all documented. WSO Angels Award analyzes this data carefully before actually considering hospitals for the award.”

 

Amrita Hospital is amongst the most technologically advanced centres of brain stroke management, with a team of medical experts who are experienced and well-versed with the latest developments in the field. The Division of Stroke at Amrita Hospital is the first dedicated department in India to provide the most comprehensive stroke care. The department provides care exclusively for stroke patients starting from the onset (hyper acute phase) to the rehabilitative and follow-up phase.

 

 

 

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