Trusted Stroke Treatment for the St. Louis Community
As a Designated Stroke Center by the state of Missouri and with certification as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, St. Luke's Hospital and its experienced stroke team are trusted experts for strokes and stroke-related complications in the St. Louis area.
St. Luke's Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital's commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. To receive the Bronze Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for one calendar quarter.
To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient's arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. St. Luke's Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.
These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
"Time is Brain" therefore it is important that you or a loved one receive treatment at the closest Designated Stroke Center as it is your right to make your hospital preference known - like St. Luke's Hospital. If you or a loved one believe you're suffering from symptoms of a stroke, remember to act F.A.S.T. and call 911.
FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does their face look uneven?
ARMS: Ask them to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH: Ask them to repeat a simple phrase. Does their speech sound strange?
TIME: If the person shows any of these symptoms, call for help fast.
Warning signs of stroke:
- Sudden weakness of the face, arm or leg, most often on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
If you suspect you or someone you know might be having a stroke, remember to act F.A.S.T. CALL 911!
For more information about our stroke services or our designations and certifications, contact Tyler Adamski, stroke coordinator, at 314-205-6100 (ext. 4396).
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