Up to 2 million brain cells die every minute during a stroke, so time is
of the essence for treatment. Knowing the signs of stroke and acting FAST
is the first step in getting appropriate treatment at a Comprehensive
The Joint Commission has certified Mission Hospital as a Comprehensive
Stroke Center. This prestigious designation is bestowed only to hospitals
that have specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke
cases. The stroke program at the Mission Neuroscience Institute (MNI)
features a dedicated team of care providers and physicians to quickly
diagnose and determine immediate emergent care if warranted.
Acute emergent stroke care can be offered to a patient who develops stroke
symptoms and presents to the emergency department within a defined time
“window” of care. Following immediate imaging of the brain
and its blood vessels, treatment with a medicine called tissue plasminogen
activator (t-PA) can be given.
There is certain criteria needed to determine if this treatment can be
provided. The medicine t-PA is similar to the body’s own natural
t-PA. This protein breaks down blood clots, helping to restore flow of
blood that was blocked thus potentially limiting damage caused by a stroke.
Stroke care goes beyond the immediate, and entails numerous treatment strategies
during the hospitalization and even after discharge. At Mission Hospital,
a multi-disciplinary team of experts including: neurologists, neuro-intensivists,
neurosurgeons, cardiologists, rehabilitation therapists, advanced practice
nurses and a highly trained nursing staff all work in alignment to provide
exceptional care that carries through to rehabilitation. With a specialty
certification in stroke and brain injury rehabilitation, Mission Rehabilitation
Center is staffed by a true multi-disciplinary team that is there from
intake to discharge to help patients recover faster and more effectively.
As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Mission Hospital provides the critical
elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.
To learn more call (877) 459-3627, or learn more about our
Comprehensive Stroke Center.