Stroke Care at Mission Hospital
"Every Minute Matters"
Mission Hospital is proud to be designated by 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 Comprehensive Stroke Center?
The Joint Commission and the
American Heart Association /American Stroke Association allow hospitals to apply for four advanced stroke certification programs:
Acute Stroke Ready Hospital, Primary Stroke Center, Thrombectomy-Capable
Stroke Center, and Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Joint Commission has
certified Mission Hospital as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, the highest
and most demanding certification. 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.
Quality Achievement Award for Stroke
Mission Hospital has also received the American Heart Association/American
Stroke Association’s,the 2019 Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke
Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award AND Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll.
The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke
patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally
recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
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 neuro-interventional lab and neurosurgical
suite with expert interventional neuro-radiologists and neurosurgeons,
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 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
clot busting medication known as 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 BE 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 with a team of stroke of experts on the ready.
Learn what you can do to prevent a stroke.
Rehabilitation after a stroke.
Clinical Trials and research related to stroke.