St. Marys Stroke Alert
Regardless of how an acute stroke patient enters the hospital, the Stroke Alert Team at St. Mary’s Stroke Center is ready to respond. The Stroke Alert Team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to stroke emergencies. Emergent evaluation and treatment is a key factor in halting the continuation of brain damage from stroke and to provide the best possible outcome. Members of the Stroke Alert Team include:
- Emergency Department physicians and staff
- Interventional radiologists
- Neuroscience nurse specialist RN
- Neuroscience RNs
- Radiology staff
- Laboratory staff
The Stroke Alert Process
- EMS notifies St. Mary’s Emergency Department that a stroke patient meets the criteria for a stroke alert.
- “Stroke Alert” is paged by the Emergency Department, which activates team members to prepare for the patient’s arrival.
- Radiology staff prepares the CT scanner for arrival of the patient.
- The neuroscience nurse specialist/neuroscience RN reports to the Emergency Department.
- Emergency Department staff members are ready to quickly assess and treat the patient.
- When the patient arrives, he/she is quickly taken to CT scan and receives an extensive evaluation including laboratory testing and NIH Stroke Scale Assessment.
- The neurologist, emergency physician and interventional radiologist evaluate the results of the testing, then discuss the best treatment options with the patient and family.