Joint Commission proposes requirements for new stroke certification

A new optional certification is being developed by the Joint Commission for hospitals which “have the capability of providing high-quality endovascular thrombectomy for patients with ischemic stroke.”

The program, known as the Thrombectomy-capable Stroke Center Advanced Certification, now has proposed requirements from the Joint Commission and they’re seeking input from the field before finalizing them.

Requirements are built off typical program management standards with additions specific to Thrombectomy-capable Stroke Center Certification, such as:

·         Having the capacity to perform mechanical thrombectomy for the treatment of ischemic stroke 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

·         Being able to perform Catheter angiography, Computed tomography (CT) of the head, Computed tomography angiography (CTA), MRI, and Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

·         Having a transfer agreement with at least one comprehensive stroke center

·         Protocols and care paths (preprinted or electronic documents) are available in the emergency department, acute care areas, and stroke unit for the acute assessment and treatment of patients with ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke

The full list of proposed requirements can be read here.

Comments on the certification standards will be accepted online or by mail through May 29.