What Are We Measuring?

Ischemic stroke, which accounts for about 87% of all strokes, occurs when a blockage in the blood vessels in the brain damages the brain tissue. Immediate treatment may minimize long-term disability and even death from an ischemic stroke.

Treatment for ischemic stroke includes thrombolytic therapy, where drugs are used to dissolve blood clots and restore normal blood flow. For some patients, it may include mechanical endovascular reperfusion to remove blood clots from the brain.

This Joint Commission national quality measure reports the percentage of ischemic stroke patients who develop an intracranial hemorrhage within less than or equal to 36 hours after the onset of treatment with intra-venous (IV) or intra-arterial (IA) thrombolytic therapy, or a mechanical endovascular reperfusion procedure.

Hemorrhagic Transformation

Lower scores are better