What is it?
Readmission to the hospital within 30 days after patient was diagnosed with a stroke. A stroke is a “brain attack” and can happen to anyone at any time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain, such as memory and muscle control, may be lost. It is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S.
Hospitals caring for patients with stroke will be faced with the challenges of meeting a goal to eliminate or reduce 30-day hospital readmission.
How's it measured?
Measured as a percent of readmissions for adult inpatient discharges within 30 days for stroke. It occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off.