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Rochester General Hospital Achieves Certification as Advanced Thrombectomy Stroke Center

March 15, 2019

Rochester General Hospital (RGH) is the first Advanced Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC) in New York State. This certification confirms that RGH is providing the most advanced level of stroke care in the region and meeting the high standards of excellence set by the Joint Commission.

The TSC certification identifies RGH as a facility that performs endovascular thrombectomy (EVT) the emergency procedure to remove blood clots, improving quality of life for stroke patients in the region by providing access to this disability-saving procedure.

Time is of the essence when treating patients who suffer from strokes. As many as one-third of acute Ischemic strokes are caused by a blockage of the large artery leading to the brain.

 

To become an advanced TSC, RGH was required to meet the following stringent criteria:

·      Demonstrate compliance with the new standards for TSC certification

·      Meet the minimum mechanical thrombectomy volume requirement

·      Demonstrate the ability to perform mechanical thrombectomy 24/7

·      Maintain dedicated intensive care beds for acute ischemic stroke patients

·      Meet the expectations for the availability of staff and practitioners closely aligned with Comprehensive Stroke Center Expectations

·      Collect and review data regarding adverse patient outcomes following mechanical thrombectomy

·      Collect data for 13 standardized performance measures

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