Strokes are the 5th leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. According to the American Heart Association, about 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke – that’s one stroke every 40 seconds. Learn more and take action.
B.E. F.A.S.T. AND FOLLOW THESE EASY GUIDELINES:
B – BALANCE
Is there any loss of balance? Ask them to stand on one leg.
E – EYES
Do they have Double Vision? Sudden blurry vision?
F – FACE
Does the face look uneven? Ask them to smile or stick out their tongue.
A – ARM
Does one arm drift downward? Ask them to raise both arms.
S – SPEECH
Does their speech sound strange? Ask them to repeat a phrase.
T – TIME
Every second brain cells die. Call 911 at any sign of stroke.
Comanche County Memorial Hospital, has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association’s (ASA) Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers, and the AHA/ASA 2019 Get With The Guidelines Silver Achievement Award, PLUS Quality achievement award, target: Stroke Honor Roll, and Roll Awards, and Target type 2 diabetes Honor. Here at CCMH, we are committed to delivering high-quality care to all patients affected by stroke. For more stroke information please contact our Stroke Coordinator at 580-730-3103.
CCMH STROKE CARE
The CCMH Emergency Department has the latest state-of-the-art stroke care technology, designed to exceed the standard of care for stroke patients. The INTEGRIS TeleStroke Network uses two-way, interactive, video conferencing technology to assist when a patient presents in the emergency department with strokelike symptoms. A neurologist at INTEGRIS will be able to perform a visual assessment of a patient as well as view their CT. The utilization of the TeleStroke Network will allow Emergency Department staff to provide the patient with the critical medications and care needed to alleviate their stroke symptoms within the three-hour window. Once a patient is stabilized, medical staff will determine the most appropriate care for the patient.
DID YOU KNOW...
- Every minute matters recognizing and treating stroke — no time to waste getting help! Lifesaving treatments are available, but you must get to the hospital NOW! Do not wait and hope it gets better.
- For every 12 minutes stroke treatment is delayed, a pea-sized piece of brain dies. Time lost IS brain lost.
SIGNS & SYMPTONS
- Slurred speech, loss of speech or inability to understand speech, trouble sticking out tongue.
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Weakness, numbness, or paralysis
- Severe headaches with no known cause
- Confusion, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination