Latest Stroke Protocols Save Lives at OVGH
Ohio Valley General Hospital is in the process of refining protocols for the care of stroke patients and suspected victims of stroke in preparation for certification by The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Center.
Early diagnosis and treatment of stroke is now understood to be a critical factor in reducing brain damage and improving final outcomes. Nearly 800,000 people suffer the effects of a stroke in this country each year.
A variety of procedures and protocols that help speed a correct diagnosis of stroke and facilitate early corrective treatment have already been developed and are now in use. Medical, nursing, and ancillary staff have all been trained to remain abreast of the latest developments in the recognition of stroke symptoms and in the critical care of stroke victims.
Changes in our clinical practices in relationship with Emergency Medical Service teams have enhanced our ability to rapidly and efficiently care for stroke patients and their families. Suspected stroke patients are now transported directly from the ambulance to the CT scanner in rapid diagnosis and early life-saving interventions like intravenous treatment that has been repeatedly proven to prevent stroke death and improve long term stroke recover.
For additional information call Nora Suehr, 412-777-6313 or e-mail email@example.com