Medina Memorial Hospital, 200 Ohio Street, Medina, NY 14103
Medina Memorial Hospital’s NY State Designated Stroke Center achieved a rating of 100% for eight out of ten quality performance measures for stroke care in the most recent quality reporting by the NY State Department of Health. “We are proud to have achieved these results,” says Ginny Klonowski, RN, the Stroke Center Coordinator. She is also a Nurse Educator and Manager of Nursing Supervisors. “It demonstrates that we are a true Center of Excellence for emergency stroke care.”
The performance measures evaluate adherence to standardized protocols for treatment as well as the timeliness of various aspects of the treatment. Timely care helps stroke patients recover with fewer complications and with less time in the hospital. The NY State Department of Health established State designated stroke centers statewide to improve the standard and access to quality of care for patients with a presumptive diagnosis of stroke.
“Time is everything when it comes to stroke care,” says Ginny. “The window of opportunity for successful treatment is within three hours of symptoms. Every minute counts. We are fortunate to have our sroke center nearby. Fort-five minutes to an hour could be lost getting a patient to another facility. Time is brain.”
Nearly half of all deaths from stroke happen before the person can get to a hospital (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The most likely reason is that many people do not recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke.
The stroke team at Medina Memorial ensures that stroke patients are diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible, knowing that every minute counts in limiting brain damage and the risk for complications. Through the use of telemedicine available in the Emergency Department, off site neuroligists and neurosurgeons can talk with physcians and patients in real time using videoconferencing when needed, providing specialty consultation.
A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or severely limited. When that happens, the brain tissue is deprived of of oxygen and nutrients. Brain cells begin to die within minutes, which makes early treatment essential in helping to limit damage to the brain and the potential for stroke complications.
Stroke is the nation’s third leading cause of death and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. Each year about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke.
The warning signs for stroke are:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, or trouble walking
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 75 percent of strokes could be prevented or delayed through management or elimination of risk factors. Those risk factors are:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
- Carotid Artery Disease
- Family history of strokes
- Having had a prior stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)
- High cholesterol