By Michael Wong, JD, Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety
(This article was first printed in Becker’s Hospital Review. What follows is just an excerpt. To read the full article, please click here.)
Heart-rending cases like that of Steven Spence — a 68-year-old man who suffered a second stroke in his home only hours after being treated for his first one in a hospital — underscore the urgent need to create new standards for in-hospital and transition-of-care treatment of stroke patients, advocated by neurological health and patient safety experts.
In this article, expert opinion on stroke is provided by two members of the stroke patient safety group assembled by PPAHS. The stroke patient safety group will ultimately compile a stroke VTE safety recommendations to help guide and remind healthcare providers in the in-hospital and transition-of-care treatment of stroke patients.
The two members of this expert panel are:
- Deborah V. Summers, stroke program coordinator at Saint Luke’s Health System’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute (formerly Saint Luke’s Brain and Stroke Institute) in Kansas City, Mo.
- Mark Reiter, MD, CEO of Emergency Excellence, who serves as president of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and residency director of emergency medicine at The University of Tennessee at Murfreesboro