To provide stroke patients with life-saving treatment, The Medical Center follows protocols and procedures that are proven to lead to better outcomes. The Medical Center is committed to providing evidence-based stroke care based on the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association’s statements/guidelines for stroke care.
By demonstrating a commitment to excellence in providing stroke care, The Medical Center Stroke Program has received Primary Stroke Center Certification by The Joint Commission.
Our multidisciplinary stroke team is led by board certified neurologists and incorporates healthcare professionals throughout the hospital including vascular surgeons, a neurosurgeon, emergency medical services (EMS), ER physicians and nurses, diagnostic imaging, neurodiagnostics, critical care and specialty nurses, rehabilitation therapists, lab, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dietitians, care coordinators, and social workers.
Effective stroke diagnosis, treatment and care begin with EMS by providing immediate response to individuals suffering from stroke symptoms. By calling 911, EMS can identify potential stroke patients and provide pre-arrival, evidence-based emergency medicine while in route. After arrival at The Medical Center, immediate assessment and testing including a CT scan help the stroke team determine the type of stroke and the most appropriate, effective treatment.
Timing Is Key
Rapid response and expert treatment can help save lives, limit the devastating effects of stroke, and aid in a patient's recovery. Ischemic strokes can be treated with clot-busting medications such as tPA which break up blood clots and prevent new ones from forming. But drugs like tPA must be given within three hours from the onset of symptoms to reduce brain damage. It is important to recognize the warning signs of a stroke and call 911 immediately. Time saved is brain saved.
Ischemic strokes ineligible for tPA will still require urgent diagnostic testing to identify the cause so effective measures can be taken to minimize the impact of the stroke and to prevent future strokes. In some cases, hemorrhagic strokes can be treated with surgical procedures to remove the clots or to stop bleeding in the brain.
The Medical Center offers stroke education and screenings to help the community understand their risk for stroke, how to prevent stroke and what to do if you notice stroke symptoms. A Stroke Support Group provides support, education and resources to individuals who have had a stroke as well as to their families and caregivers.