Stroke Care from the Beginning
Effective stroke care begins en-route to the hospital. EMS personnel notify the Emergency Department (ED) of the impending arrival of a possible stroke patient, allowing the ED to prepare in advance.
Within minutes of a patient arriving at Sibley with stroke symptoms, the Stroke Response Team is activated to ensure rapid assessment and treatment. A CT Scan (MRI) is performed to determine if a bleed or blockage has occurred in the brain, an indication that the patient is suffering either a hemorrhagic or ischemic stroke.
In the event of a major stroke, Sibley has the technology and trained staff needed to provide the best emergency treatment. Our stroke center also may administer t-PA, which when injected, can help dissolve the blockage causing stroke symptoms.
Utilizing the expertise of our stroke response professionals and the emergency department team, Sibley offers patients suffering from strokes the best possible start to their recovery.
Treatment & Rehabilitation
When a patient is admitted to our dedicated inpatient Stroke Unit or ICU, all the services they need are available in one location, delivered by an interdisciplinary team of medical professionals who are specifically trained and certified to assess and treat stroke patients. A Neurologist is available to 24 /7 to provide immediate treatment. Our nurses undergo in-depth training and continuing education to ensure they provide the very best care to patients recovering from stroke.
Intensive rehabilitation begins right away. Along with physicians and nurses, our multidisciplinary team includes:
- physical therapists
- occupational therapists
- speech and language pathologists
- social workers
- case coordinators
With the patient’s and family members’ involvement, our team develops a customized treatment plan that takes into account the patient’s overall condition, special needs, personal goals and specific challenges. Physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists begin work with the patient as soon as is possible to help them regain strength and coordination. The patient is taught techniques and tools that can make everyday activities simpler and safer when they continue their recovery at home.
The stroke staff at Sibley not only treats stroke patients, but they play a vital role in educating the patient and family members on ways to prevent future strokes and promote wellness. The treatment team emphasizes the importance of healthy living and reducing stroke risk factors. Much attention is given to education and the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. A pharmacist will discuss medications, and the importance of taking them as prescribed. The Case Coordinator helps patients and their families prepare for returning home, arranges for outpatient therapy and services and when necessary facilitates the transfer of a patient to an inpatient rehabilitation facility.
It is important to know the warning signs of stroke and teach them to your friends and family. If someone is having a stroke call 911 immediately! Time lost is brain lost!