If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of a stroke, call 911 immediately. The quicker a patient receives care, the better their chances of recovery. You can trust Franciscan Health to care for you from stroke treatment to rehabilitation.
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.
Stroke Alert Protocols
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 patient’s arrival to the emergency room, where the patient is rapidly triaged into our Stroke Alert protocol
Immediately, the patient is seen by emergency nurses and physicians, utilizing state-of-the-art CT imaging and lab services available 24 hours a day
Physician consultation occurs between the emergency physicians and other specialists, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, critical care physicians, or neuro-interventionalists
The stroke acronym BE 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.
The "BE FAST" acronym stands for these stroke symptoms:
B - Balance: Does the person complain of dizziness or have sudden altered or unsteady gait?
E - Eyes: Does the person have a sudden loss or change in vision?
F - Face: Ask the person to smile. Check to see if one side of the face droops.
A - Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. See if one arm drifts downward.
S - Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Check to see if words are slurred and if the sentence is repeated correctly.
T - Time: If a person shows any of these symptoms, time is essential. It is important to get to the hospital as quickly as possible. Call 911. BE FAST.