According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and an important cause of long-term disability in America. A stroke happens about every 40 seconds and someone dies from a stroke about every 4 minutes.
The Stroke Program at Nanticoke
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital (NMH) is Joint Commission (TJC) certified as a Primary Stroke Center (PSC). NMH services, include, but not limited to, the following:
- A team of physicians, nurses, and technicians experienced in treating stroke come together in an emergency to form an acute stroke team which is available 24 hours a day for any person(s) exhibiting stroke symptoms.
- The Emergency Department staff members are experienced in diagnosing and treating stroke victims. They are able to maintain communication with emergency medical responders in the field.
- The emergency medical responders work together with NMH to ensure early communication of potential stroke victims.
- The Emergency Department physicians are qualified to administer t-PA, a “clot busting” medication, to appropriate stroke victims.
- NMH has written protocols and electronic (computerized) ordering systems to speed up the diagnosis and treatment of stroke.
- NMH offers 24-hour neuro-imaging services (CT Scan, MRI, X-Ray) to rapidly make a decision if a patient has a potential ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke.
- NMH has laboratory services available 24-hours a day.
- Cardiac imaging, such as echocardiograms, are available.
- Quality metrics are used to monitor performance and make improvements in the stroke program. A national registry (Get-With-The-Guidelines) is an important tool for analysis.
- NMH physicians and staff who assist stroke victims during all phases of their care (emergency, inpatient, transition to discharge) receive continuing education.
- Community education is performed regularly to spread information on stroke recognition, potential treatment with early intervention, risk factors and prevention.
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital is Primary Stroke Center that partners with a Comprehensive Stroke Center. A Comprehensive Stroke Center provides specialized services and procedures, such as clot retrieval, for clots blocking a main blood vessel. If those types of services are required, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will safely transfer the person to a Comprehensive Stroke Center. For patients who do not require specialized services, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital provides inpatient services to those who experience a stroke or stroke-like symptoms. Services include all aspects of care from emergency attention through the discharge process.
Stroke Support Group
Nanticoke hosts monthly stroke support groups for individuals who have survived a stroke as well as their families, friends, and caregivers. Meetings consists of guest speakers and breakaway sessions in which caregivers and stroke survivors meet in groups to discuss concerns, providing support and networking.
For more information, call 302-536-5299. To see upcoming meetings, click here.