Abrazo Central Campus is the first hospital in Arizona to earn the Joint Commission’s Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC) certification. TSC is a new advanced certification that helps pre-hospital providers better understand hospital stroke capabilities and assist regional EMS triage in identifying the best resource to address each patient’s condition.
Abrazo Central meets rigorous standards for performing mechanical endovascular thrombectomy (EVT), a specialized surgical procedure used to remove a blood clot from the brain during an ischemic stroke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 87 percent of strokes in the U.S. are ischemic strokes, caused by a clot that cuts off blood flow to a part of the brain. These types of strokes are largely treatable if a patient gets to a hospital that can provide the right treatment in time.
“Every second is critical in minimizing the damage caused by a stroke,” said Frank Molinaro, CEO of Abrazo Central Campus and Arizona group CEO. “Abrazo Central is continuously improving its capabilities and this certification is in recognition of our stroke team’s relentless focus on strengthening the neurointerventional program at the hospital for the benefit of our community and beyond.”
Eligibility for the certification means that the hospital was required to meet strict guidelines that include performing EVT on a minimum of 15 patients in the past year, or 30 patients in the past two years, and the capability to perform EVT around the clock, seven days a week. The hospital’s primary neurointerventionists, the physicians who routinely perform emergency mechanical thrombectomy, also must meet the highest standards of subspecialty training.