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Coverdell National Acute Stroke Project

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was directed by the U.S. Congress in 2001 to implement state-based data registries to measure and track acute stroke care to improve the quality of that care. Congress named this the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry (PCNASR) in memory of Senator Paul Coverdell of Georgia, who died of a stroke in 2000 while serving in the U.S. Congress.

The CDC has provided funding and technical assistance to states to develop, implement, and enhance systems for collecting data on patients experiencing an acute stroke, to help analyze these data, and to use those results to guide quality improvement interventions for acute stroke care.

The mission of the PCNASR is:

  • Measure, track, and improve the quality of care and access to care for stroke patients from onset of stroke symptoms through rehabilitation and recovery.
  • Decrease rate of premature death and disability from stroke.
  • Eliminate disparities in care.
  • Support development of stroke systems of care that emphasize quality of care.
  • Improve access to rehabilitation and opportunities for recovery after stroke.
  • Increase the workforce capacity and scientific knowledge of stroke care within stroke systems of care.

The goals of the PCNASR are to:

  • Encourage the development of statewide systems of care for stroke patients through coordination with emergency medical services and collaboration among statewide partners.
  • Communicate with major stakeholders in stroke care to ensure ongoing improvement in the quality of that care.
  • To ensure that all Americans receive the highest quality of acute stroke care currently available.
  • To reduce the number of untimely deaths attributable to stroke, prevent stroke-related disability, and prevent stroke patients from suffering recurrent strokes.

Iowa Coverdell Project Overview

Since July 2012, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) through the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program, has funded Iowa to go beyond data collection to improve its stroke systems of care.

The goal of the Iowa Coverdell Stroke Project is to improve triage, treatment and outcomes for stroke patients through working with EMS and acute hospital providers on quality and system improvement.

Coverdell Newsletters

Stroke Action Teams

A key strategy for reaching the Iowa Coverdell Stroke Project goal is the development or enhancement of local Stroke Action Teams, comprised of EMS and hospital-based personnel, who participate in quality and system improvement activities.

Iowa Stroke Registry

The Iowa Stroke Registry is designed to assess the epidemiology, clinical treatment and outcomes of persons who suffer a stroke. The Registry gathers, evaluates and disseminates information on the magnitude, the etiology, the care and the outcome of stroke in the state of Iowa.

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