Time Lost is Brain Lost
When it comes to stroke, time lost is brain lost. This is why it is critical to recognize the signs of a stroke and get to the nearest hospital for evaluation and treatment as soon as possible.
If you experience any of the stroke signs, or identify the signs in someone else, act FAST and dial 911. Use the National Stroke Association’s FAST test to remember warning signs that assesses three specific symptoms of stroke:
- Facial weakness - can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
- Arm weakness - can the person raise both arms?
- Speech problems - can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
- Time to call 911
Delray Medical Center has earned designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, assuring patients that it follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve the outcomes of the most complex stroke cases. Delray Medical Center is one of only 20 hospitals in Florida and four in Palm Beach County to earn status as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. This designation confirms that Delray Medical Center has developed successful initiatives on stroke prevention, rehabilitation, education, community awareness and research with positive outcomes.
The American Stroke Association estimates that approximately 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. It is the No. 3 cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood it needs to survive.
Our Treatment Approach
Delray Medical Center’s Comprehensive Stroke Center is prepared 24/7 to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat stroke patients. The hospital has some of the latest diagnostic and therapeutic advances and offers a wide range of interventional neurology options that have the potential to stop a stroke in progress and minimize the potential damage.
Delray Medical Center is equipped with 128-slice CT scanners to help in the stroke diagnosis process. As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Delray Medical Center has the technology and the expertise in diagnostic and neurointerventional radiology to remove clots or blockages from blood vessels in the neck or brain, which are some of the most complex stroke cases.
As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Delray Medical Center:
1. Meet the needs of hemorrhagic (bleed) or ischemic (clot) stroke patients and can also treat ischemic stroke within 12 hours after symptom onset with more advanced treatment options such as intra arterial mechanical devices. As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, we are also prepared to provide more aggressive stroke management. The Comprehensive Stroke Center offers a full continuum of services to stroke patients, including rehabilitation.
2. Advanced Imaging Capabilities:
- Carotid duplex ultrasound
- Catheter angiography
- CT angiography
- Extracranial ultrasonography
- MR angiography-MRA
- MRI, including diffusion weighted MRI
- Transcranial Doppler
- Transesophageal Echocardiography
- Transthoracic Echocardiography
3. Post hospital care coordination for patients.
4. Dedicated neuro-intensive care unit (ICU); beds for complex stroke patients: Delray Medical Center has dedicated neuro-intensive care unit (ICU) and beds for complex stroke patients, which includes staff with the expertise and experience to provide neuro-critical care 24/7.
5. Peer review process: Delray Medical Center has a peer review process to review and monitor the care provided to patients with ischemic stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage and administration of tPA.
6. Participation in stroke research: Delray Medical Center participates in IRB-approved, patient-centered stroke research.
7. Performance measures: Delray Medical Center collects all of the standardized performance measures for Primary Stroke Centers and additional Comprehensive Stroke Center specific performance measures.