Stroke Program

Time Lost is Brain Lost

Do not wait to report a possible stroke! Call 911 immediately if you are concerned you are having a stroke or you observe a person with possible stroke symptoms. If treatment is started within the first three hours of stroke symptoms, an improved outcome for the patient is possible. When treatment is delayed, the consequences can mean an increased risk of disability or death. The earlier you or the patient arrives to the Emergency Department, the faster we can care for you.

Identifying a Stroke Quickly

When stroke is suspected a fast diagnosis of both the presence and type of stroke is critical. A computed tomography (CT) scan is used to identify or rule out a hemorrhagic stroke. This helps determine whether the patient is eligible for the clot-busting drug, t-PA. It also enables physicians to determine the extent of damage to the brain.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

EMS provides pre-hospital assessment and treatment. Our partnership with Manatee Emergency Services allows advanced notification to the hospital when EMS arrives at the patient's location.

Rapid Response Stroke Team

Once notified of a possible stroke victim, a Code 3 is called which activates our specially trained Rapid Response Stroke Team. Our Code 3 Team includes:

  • A Neurologist
  • An Emergency Department Physician
  • Nurses & Technicians

Dedicated Stroke Unit

Research has shown that caring for patients in a stroke unit or a dedicated area of the hospital results in better patient outcomes. That's why Blake has a dedicated Stroke Unit staffed by the following health care professionals:

  • Highly skilled physicians
  • Specially trained nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech Therapists
  • Case Management professionals

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