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Swedish Medical Center
Swedish Southwest ER

Why Choose Swedish for Stroke Care?

We treat stroke patients every day...

As a matter of fact, we see more stroke patients than any other hospital in Colorado.

Swedish stands out among other hospitals by offering comprehensive services at its Stroke Center. Why should you, your family and your neighbors say, "Take me to Swedish" if you experience stroke symptoms?

1. Our dedicated Stroke Team meets stroke patients coming by ambulance at the door. When know a stroke patient is on the way, a "Stroke Alert" is issued so that the stroke alert team, including a neurologist and dedicated stroke nurse practitioner can assess patients and begin appropriate treatment right away.

2. We work with EMS providers across the metro area. When they know they have a potential stroke patient they are bringing to Swedish, they call us so that we can activate "Stroke Alert" and be waiting for the patient.

3. The hospital's progressive interventional radiology department - Swedish offers 24/7 coverage by an interventional neuroradiologist.

4. A dedicated AirLife stroke air transport team.

5. Swedish's partnership with the Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI) to provide outreach programs, education and rehabilitation services.

  • active engagement in clinical trials
  • acute stroke care for rural communities in collaboration with CNI through a unique telemedicine program
  • opportunity to participate in the Stroke PROTECT Program. The program provides guidance and resources to patients who have had a stroke to help prevent another stroke from occurring.

6. Nursing staff members have specialized level of certification just for stroke care.

7. Swedish is one of the few hospitals in the state using Penumbra. Penumbra is a new device that helps remove blood clots from the brain. Swedish also participated in the clinical trials for Penumbra.

8. Swedish's distinctive rehabilitation unit, which specializes in acute neurological, stroke and trauma rehab services.

9. Swedish is the first hospital in Colorado to be three-times certified by the Joint Commission, as a premier provider of stroke care. Swedish also is the first facility in the state and Rocky Mountain Region to be named a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission.

10. The CO-DOC program that uses telemedicine to deliver expert stroke diagnosis and treatment to stroke patients throughout Colorado.

Stroke Data Report
January to December 2014

Swedish Medical Center 2014 National Benchmark
Patients who arrive to Swedish within 12 hours of last being normal are seen rapidly by a neurologist within minutes of a Stroke Alert call. Median time 0 minutes for all Stroke Alert calls Joint Commission Goal: Available by phone within 30 minutes, in person within 45 minutes
Percentage of patients treated with IV tPA at Swedish (or via telemedicine and transferred to Swedish for higher level of care) 30% 3-8% (estimated national average)
Percentage of patents treated with IV tPA at Swedish with a symptomatic hemorrhage in the brain following administration 0 6% (NINDS trial)
Rapid treatment with IV tPA has been demonstrated to improve recovery after a stroke. Median door to IV tPA is 32 minutes Joint Commission Goal Door to treatment <60minutes, greater than 50% of the time
Our acute stroke surgical intervention team is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week for eligible patients. Rapid treatment has been shown to improve recovery Median door to procedure start time is 47 minutes Brain Attack Coalition Goal: Less than 120 minutes
Patients with severe narrowing of the arteries in the neck may be eligible for carotid artery stenting (CAS) to reduce risk of future stroke CAS Complication Rate 2.7% 7.2%

Leifer, D., et al. Metrics for Measuring Quality of Care in Comprehensive Stroke Centers: Detailed Follow-up to Brain Attack Coalition Comprehensive Stroke Center Recommendations. Stroke; 42: 849-877

The Joint Commission. 2014 Disease Specific Care Certification Requirements: An Education Program Resource

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke rt-PA Stroke Study Group. Tissue Plasminogen Activator for Acute Ischemic Stroke. N Engl J Med 1995; 333: 1581-1588

Powers, C.J., et al. Standards of Practice and Reporting Standards for Carotid Artery Angioplasty and Stenting. J NeuroIntervent Surg 2014; 6: 87-90