Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Recognition Criteria

Updated:Nov 24,2014
Achievement Awards

The awards recognize hospitals that demonstrate at least 85 percent compliance in each of the seven Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Achievement Measures. The different levels reflect the amount of time for which the hospital demonstrates performance.

  • Bronze recognizes performance of 90 consecutive days.
  • Silver recognizes performance of 12 consecutive months.
  • Gold recognizes performance of 24 consecutive months or more.
  The Achievement Measures are embedded in the Patient Management Tool. They are:
  • Percent of acute ischemic stroke patients who arrive at the hospital within 120 minutes (2 hours) of time last known well and for whom IV t-PA was initiated at this hospital within 180 minutes (3 hours) of time last known well. Corresponding measure available for inpatient stroke cases.
  • Percent of patients with ischemic stroke or TIA who receive antithrombotic therapy by the end of hospital day two. Corresponding measure available for inpatient stroke cases.
  • Percent of patients with ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, or stroke not otherwise specified who receive VTE prophylaxis the day of or the day after hospital admission.
  • Percent of patients with an ischemic stroke or TIA prescribed antithrombotic therapy at discharge. Corresponding measure available for inpatient stroke cases.
  • Percent of patients with an ischemic stroke or TIA with atrial fibrillation/flutter discharged on anticoagulation therapy. Corresponding measure available for inpatient stroke cases.
  • Percent of patients with ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke, or TIA with a history of smoking cigarettes, who are, or whose caregivers are, given smoking cessation advice or counseling during hospital stay. Corresponding measure available for inpatient stroke cases.
  • Percent of ischemic stroke or TIA patients with LDL ≥ 100, or LDL not measured, or on cholesterol-reducer prior to admission who are discharged on statin medication. Corresponding measure available for inpatient stroke cases
To qualify for an Achievement Award, a hospital must:
  • Achieve Participating Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Hospital status.
  • Demonstrate compliance in the seven Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Achievement Measures in at least 85 percent of all eligible patients. This must be documented in a written application.
  • Complete application for the Bronze, Silver or Gold awards.
Please note:

Quality Awards
Silver Plus and Gold Plus Quality Awards are advanced levels of recognition acknowledging hospitals for consistent compliance with Quality Measures embedded within the Patient Management Tool. For eligibility information, please download the Silver Plus and Gold Plus Quality Award FAQ.

  • Baseline data is not to be included in the demonstrated time frame of adherence.
  • Once a hospital has been recognized with a Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Achievement Award, it is no longer eligible for the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Bronze Achievement Award.
  • Recognition criteria is subject to change based on program enhancements.
  • Seven key Achievement Measures are being used to evaluate and recognize success. These measures are consistent with those measures used by several organizations. However, all of the measures in Get With The Guidelines are important in the care of patients.
* The Patient Management ToolTM system provided by Outcome, Cambridge, Mass