ProMedica Toledo Hospital in Ohio, US, has opened a new stroke unit along with a 15-bed neuro intensive care facility.
The 20-bed stroke unit is located at the hospital's Renaissance Tower, including private rooms, 24hr MRI service, and new telemedicine capabilities expected to be implemented shortly.
Toledo Hospital stroke care coordinator Kelley Joseph said the hospital wants to emphasise that a stroke is an emergency.
"Unfortunately, because stroke victims often do not experience the symptom of pain, they may ignore the warning signs until severe damage has already been done," Joseph added.
When patients arrive at Toledo Hospital with acute neurological symptoms, a stroke alert is initiated immediately, which triggers a particular sequence of events and best practices.
Each of these patients will receive a CAT scan, blood work, and a National Institutes of Health Stroke Survey (NIHSS), which is an 11-step neurological exam that assigns a number to the patient's deficit in order to inform the stroke team of the severity of the disability.
In addition to providing acute care, the stroke unit nursing staff and physicians work to prevent stroke patients from coming back, by assessing risk factors and providing patients with guidance that can help them to manage their risk.