Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability among adults in the United States and the third leading cause of death (behind diseases of the heart and all forms of cancer). Nearly 780,000 people suffer new or recurrent stroke each year, and almost 165,000 die of the condition. Women account for 60.9% of stroke deaths.
What is Stroke?
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain stops. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. About 85% of all strokes are caused by blood clots that cut off the brains’ oxygen supply (ischemic stroke). Fortunately, advanced treatment for ischemic stroke can save lives and promote better outcomes. With early treatment and appropriate care you may be able to reduce the devastating effects of stroke.
Stroke Warning Signs
Few people know the warning signs of stroke. Learning them – and acting FAST – could save your life or the life of a loved one. Use this test to remember warning signs of stroke.
F = FACE
Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A = ARMS
Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S = SPEECH
Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
T = TIME
If you observe any of these signs (independently or together), call 9-1-1 immediately.
Stroke is a medical emergency. Call 911 or your emergency medical services right away if you notice one or more of these signs:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
Advanced Stroke Care
Accreditation makes a difference. Access to high-quality stroke care not only means the difference between life and death, but it can also make a difference in a patient’s quality of life.
The gold standard today is earning Stroke Accreditation from the Joint Commission. Osceola Regional Medical Center has earned the gold seal from Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.
What Does This Mean to You or Your Loved One?
- Communication between the ambulance team and the hospital are in place before the patient arrives to the Emergency Department
- Rapid-Response Stroke Team of highly skilled medical professionals – including emergency physicians, surgeons, neurologists, nurses, therapists, laboratory technicians, pharmacists, and radiologists – who are specially trained to respond quickly to the needs of a stroke patient.
- Each patient is immediately evaluated and treated using a uniform and extensive set of guidelines that address both emergency treatment and ongoing care
- A head CT scan or brain MRI scan can be performed and interpreted 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
- A fully functioning medical laboratory is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to analyze and provide test results in a timely manner
- In case of ischemic stroke (85% of stroke cases), administration of thrombolytic medication in eligible candidates may improve the patients chance of recovery..
- Stroke rehabilitation started immediately after hospitalization to improve long-term outcomes and decrease stroke-related complications.
- On-going acute care to facilitate faster return to normal life for the patient.
Recognitions and Awards
Because of our commitment and high quality stroke care, Osceola Regional Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines – Gold Plus award by the American Heart and Stroke Association.
- Gold hospitals follow stroke treatment guidelines in certain key measures at least 75% of the time and have maintained this performance level for consecutive 12 month intervals.
- Plus award is an advanced level of recognition representing an additional 85% compliance with module specific quality measures for at least 12 consecutive months. This is an optional award that a hospital may choose to pursue if they are collecting Quality Measures.
Osceola Regional Medical Center is also recognized by the American Heart and Stroke Association as part of the Target: Stroke Honor Roll. Hospitals on this Honor Roll eliminate treatment delays and improve outcomes for acute ischemic stroke patients. This is done by conducting thrombolytic therapy within 60 minutes in 50% or more of acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA.
Osceola Regional is able to provide continuum of care for stroke patients between both the main hospital and Hunter’s Creek ER.