The University of Maryland Medical Center sets the standard for stroke care, according to a study from University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), an alliance of academic health centers.
In a 2005 UHC benchmark review, the University of Maryland Medical Center ranked first of 32 hospitals in providing critical tests and time-sensitive treatments for stroke patients, leading to improved outcomes including cutting the death rate nearly in half.
The panel evaluated hospitals on their ability to provide comprehensive stroke care through a care "bundle," the concept that administering all required components of care to each patient provides the optimal outcome and that providing one component independently will not achieve as good a result.
Some of the elements evaluated as part of the stroke care bundle include:
The stroke care review also showed that this expertise in care bundling decreased the length of the patient's hospital stay and decreased the cost of hospitalization.
The benchmark review shows that University of Maryland Medical Center's Stroke Center and Brain Attack Team provide patients with the best care possible.