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Lowell General receives award for use of stroke care

Lowell General Hospital has received the Modified Rankin Scale greater than or equal to 85% Award from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).

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The Modified Rankin Scale is used to measure the impact of stroke on an individual’s daily activities from a range of 0-6.The Modified Rankin Scale measure captures the percent of patients who have a score documented at the time of discharge.The Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded quality improvement collaborative administered by the DPH that supports Primary Stroke Service hospitals. This award recognizes hospitals that complete the Modified Rankin Scale on at least 85% of stroke patients from January 2016 - December 2016.

Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the Commonwealth, and a leading cause of adult disability. Immediate assessment and treatment is critical to help improve outcomes. Knowing the key signs and symptoms of stroke and calling 9-1-1 immediately can save a life.

The F.A.S.T. acronym is an easy way to remember:

  • Face: Does the face look uneven? Ask the person to smile 
  • Arm: Does one arm drift down? Ask the person to raise both arms 
  • Speech: Does the speech sound strange? Ask the person to repeat a phrase 
  • Time: If you observe these symptoms, call 9-1-1

For more information about the Massachusetts Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program, or about FAST and the DPH stroke awareness campaign, please visit: www.mass.gov/dph/heartstroke.

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