Why Choose Swedish for Stroke Care?

We treat stroke patients every day!


Stroke Data Report
January to December 2016

Swedish Medical Center 2016 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) 29% 3-8% (estimated national average)
Percentage of patents treated with IV tPA at Swedish with a symptomatic hemorrhage in the brain following administration 3.00% 6% (NINDS trial)
Rapid treatment with IV tPA has been demonstrated to improve recovery after a stroke. Median door to IV tPA is 22 minutes*

*all cases included
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 35 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 2.6% 7.20%


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