During a stroke brain cells begin to die from lack of blood and oxygen in a matter of seconds. The quicker a patient receives care, the better their chances of recovery. Franciscan Health's stroke triage protocols ensure fast response for stroke care.
Stroke patients at Franciscan Health can count on receiving the finest available care quickly. Our commitment to positive outcomes is reflected by our achievement of the Primary Stroke Recertification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent, nationally recognized accreditation authority.
All patients exhibiting symptoms of stroke are triaged as a patient for Stroke Alert. When this determination is made, numerous things will begin to happen quickly. The team of nurses, emergency physicians, neurologists, radiologists, critical care doctors, surgeons and others can make treatment determinations within 60 minutes of symptom presentation.
When a patient exhibits signs of a stroke, a first responder is immediately sent to the patient’s bedside, whether in the emergency room or on a nursing floor, to assess the patient. This begins a series of rapid activities, including lab work and CT imaging, to provide our emergency physicians and/or neurologist with the proper diagnostic information to determine which interventions are best based on each individual case. The physicians already on the case may bring other specialists, such as neurosurgeons or neuro-interventionalists, into the case depending on the course of treatment.
Stroke Alert protocols are defined for each stage of stroke treatment, including:
The acronym FAST is an easy way to remember signs of stroke and what to do if you think a stroke has occurred. However, it is important to always keep in mind that the most important thing to do is to immediately call 911 for emergency assistance.
FAST stands for: