Redlands Community Hospital Receives Certification
As An Advanced Primary Stroke Center
Redlands Community Hospital has been certified by The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Center as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center following a detailed, on-site review of the hospital in 2011. It is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements/guidelines for stroke care.
Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.
Redlands Community Hospital physicians say the distinction underscores the hospital’s hyper-vigilant focus on preventing, diagnosing and treating stroke. “Many of us refer to stroke as a brain attack today because we want people to think of stroke as an emergency medical situation,” said Dr. Phong Nguyen, an emergency room physician and co-medical director of the Stroke Program at Redlands Community Hospital. “We want residents to recognize stroke symptoms and call 911 if they think they are suffering a stroke. We have many medicines and tools today to reverse the damage for stroke but time is of the essence.”
Symptoms of stroke can be subtle or immediately devastating. Dr. Robert Klein, a neurologist and co-medical director of the hospital’s Stroke Program, said learning the “FAST” diagnostic tool may be families identify stroke sooner. FAST stands for Face (do you notice someone’s smile droop); Arms (does one arm not move like the other); Speech (is the person’s speech slurred or strange) and Time (call 911 if you notice any of these signs). “Awareness of stroke symptoms could mean the difference between life and death or severe disability,” said Dr. Klein.
The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements and guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program—the nation’s first—in 2003. A list of programs certified by The Joint Commission is available at www.qualitycheck.org.
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