Stroke Care Quality and Outcomes
We were the first medical center in San Diego to achieve The Joint Commission's Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification.
This certification reflects our ability to provide the most advanced treatments for the most serious types of strokes. Our primary and comprehensive stroke certifications demonstrate that UC San Diego Health provides the full complement of available services and technologies to meet the needs of stroke patients while complying with national standards that improve patient outcomes.
UC San Diego Health has earned the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award by the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association and is listed on their Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll and Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll. These distinctions recognize our commitment to excellence in care for stroke patients and our ability to rapidly provide life-saving cures to patients after a stroke.
Advanced Stroke Treatments
Regardless of the type of stroke, our team is ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our specialty-trained experts provide an immediate response when someone having a stroke arrives. Our stroke center specialists are internationally recognized as leaders and experts in the fields of research, diagnosis and care.
Treating Ischemic Stroke
The chart below demonstrates a marked improvement of our timely administration of tPA over the years and in staying below the 60 minutes target. We believe that “time is brain!”
Successful Surgical Procedures
UC San Diego Health is a leader in endovascular and surgical treatment of stroke, using specially-designed instruments to remove blood clots and restore blood flow to the brain. Our faculty trains physicians nationally and internationally in these techniques and participates in leading interventional clinical trials.
Beyond the acute treatment of stroke, our surgeons provide:
Stroke and Neurovascular Surgery Program
From October 2020 through December 2021, we performed 203 endovascular coiling or surgical clipping procedures to treat unruptured brain aneurysms, with a 99.6% survival rate.
Processes of Care
The chart shows that we continue to provide consistent care across all measures compared to other hospitals throughout the country.
The chart below demonstrates the excellent survival of our patients for both inpatient ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, compared with expected survival as reported by Vizient.