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Edinburg, TX— Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System (DHR) broke their previous door-to-treatment time record for stroke patients, setting a new record of just 12 minutes from arrival to tPA administration. Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA) is a medication used to dissolve blood clots in the brain and restore proper blood flow to the brain tissue; patients suffering from a stroke are typically given tPA upon arrival and evaluation at the hospital. The earlier a patient is given this life-saving medication, the better their chance of survival and recovering with greater functionality. The American Heart Association recommends that patients receive tPA within 60 minutes of the onset of stroke symptoms.
In 2016, DHR received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus. These awards recognize DHR’s compliance with stroke-related patient care standards and requirements, as well as meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients.
The stroke team at DHR is comprised of staff that are specially trained to deliver the fastest treatment time possible for all stroke patients. It is through the coordination of our comprehensive team of nurses, physicians, radiology personnel, EMS and pharmacists that patients are able to receive this life-saving care.