Stroke is a medical emergency as serious as a heart attack. Receiving medical attention as early as possible within the first three hours of a stroke can be the difference between life and death – a complete recovery or a lifetime of disability.
That’s why Leesburg Regional Medical Center and The Villages Regional Hospital, part of Central Florida Health Alliance, set up an emergency fast track system known as Code Stroke to diagnose stroke and begin treatment quickly. Our response team can perform neurological exams, blood tests and CT scans and interpret them within minutes of a patient’s arrival in the emergency room.
“Calling a Code Stroke in our emergency department sets the wheels in motion to improve service time for stroke care and follows the important ‘time is brain’ rule,” says Mary Beth Morris, Stroke Coordinator at Central Florida Health Alliance.
The hospitals developed a new stroke care algorithm to improve the process flow from radiology to lab for stroke patients.
“As a result of the new Code Stroke process, our team has reached a higher standard of care. Door-to-needle times, the time it take for tests to get to the lab, door-to-CT times and interpretation have all improved greatly.”
Leesburg Regional Medical Center is certified by The Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, which signifies the hospital’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for stroke patients.
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.