Ideal Foundational Requirements for Stroke Program Development and Growth: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association.
Stroke center certification has evolved at a rapid pace and is now available at 4 different levels of service in the United States. Although certification standards provide guidance on stroke center process elements, lack of guidance on structural components such as workforce, staffing, and unit operations has resulted in heterogeneous services among hospitals credentialed at the same stroke center level. Such heterogeneity challenges public expectations and transparency about actual service capabilities within American stroke centers and in some cases may foster leniency in credentialing agency certification methods. Standards for other time-dependent diagnoses, including trauma, provide detailed guidance on structural elements that has improved patient triage and resuscitative care while enabling practitioners and administrators to more accurately gauge and plan service development to better support their communities. This scientific statement aims to provide similar structural guidance defined by each level of hospital stroke center services to reduce operational inconsistencies, to foster planning for service development, and to improve the interprofessional care of patients with acute stroke.
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Dusenbury, W., Mathiesen, C., Whaley, M., Adeoye, O., Leslie-Mazwi, T., Williams, S., Velasco, C., Shah, S. P., Gonzales, N. R., Alexandrov, A. W., & American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing and the Stroke Council (2023). Ideal Foundational Requirements for Stroke Program Development and Growth: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Stroke, 54(4), e175–e187. https://doi.org/10.1161/STR.0000000000000424
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine