Stroke Care at Mission Hospital
"Every Minute Matters"
Mission Hospital is proud to be designated the The Joint Commission as
a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center. When it comes to treating stroke
and other emergencies with the potential to damage brain tissue, time
is of the essence. We offer patients a complete range of services and
specialists for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of acute stroke. If
needed, our expert physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians and
therapists help patients recover from the physiological impact of a stroke.
What is a Comphrehensive Stroke Center?
The Joint Commission and the
American Heart Association /American Stroke Association allow hospitals to apply for two advanced certifications in stroke care,
“primary” or “comprehensive.” The Joint Commission
has certified Mission Hospital as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. This
prestigious designation is bestowed only which those hospitals that have
specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases.
Mission Hospital's stroke team puts forth exceptional efforts to care
for as well as to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Achievement
of this certification signifies that the services we provide have the
critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes.
Our dedicated stroke care team includes:
- A multi-disciplinary team of experts including: neurologists, neuro-intensivists,
neurosurgeons, cardiologists, rehabilitation therapists, advanced practice
nurses, and highly trained nursing staff.
- A dedicated neuro-intensive care unit and progressive care stroke unit
for complex stroke patients.
- Immediate access to a state-of-the-art Neurointerventional Lab and interventional
neuroradiologists, allowing successful treatment through very small incisions
– even in areas of the brain impossible to reach with open surgery.
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited stroke rehabilitation services, including one of the most comprehensive
and innovative lists of services in California.
- Ongoing research and clinical studies, allowing our patients to benefit
from new advances and breakthroughs.
Why should you
choose a comprehensive stroke center?
We're pleased to
share our outcomes with you.
Would you like to learn more about our stroke care? Call us today at (877) 459-3627.
What is a stroke?
Did you know up to 2 million brain cells die every minute during a stroke?
Did you know Mission Hospital has a stroke team dedicated to provide exceptional
care within minutes?
The stroke program at the Mission Neuroscience Institute (MNI) features
a dedicated team of care providers and physicians to quickly diagnosis
and determine immediate emergent care if warranted. Once a stroke patient
is recognized, the team is mobilized as soon as the patient enters the
doors of the emergency department. This is called a “code stroke.”
Not all patients meet criteria for this code activation, but stroke care
goes beyond the immediate and entail numerous treatment strategies during
the hospitalization and even after discharge.
There are two types of stroke. The most common are coined ischemic, which indicates a blood vessel of
the brain was blocked. The necessary blood and oxygen is lost and brain
cells began to die. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when fresh blood leaks
into the tissue of the brain. This may due to a ruptured aneurysm, disturbances
related to blood pressure or other vascular anomalies.
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, typically within three hours of onset. Following
immediate imaging of the brain and its blood vessels, treatment with a
medicine called 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. If necessary, further
intervention using stent retrievers within the actual blood vessel by
an angiogram can improve outcome to clear a blocked vessel. Current standards
of care for large vessel occlusive strokes often utilize both t-PA and
angiographic retrieval. There are many sizes of stroke and not all patients
are able to receive these treatments, and timing is critical. So focusing
on the FAST awareness when a stroke occurs is a must. It is established
that the prognosis for recovery with these interventions are favorable.
Mission Hospital’s rapid response team for code stroke is ever on
the ready, with neurologists and neurointerventionalists on the ready.
Learn what you can do to prevent a stroke.
Rehabilitation after a stroke.
Clinical Trials and research related to stroke.
Our success is defined by our patients. We strive to provide our patients
will exceptional care so they may return their family, home and loves
ones. Please click on the below video to hear from one of our own staff,
who was also a stroke patient.