Prime Time Living - Page 24 - Emergency from page 6

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Emergency from page 6
Primary Stroke Center, Comprehensive Stroke Centers, and, as of 2018, Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center. For the latter, there are currently only 16 in the United States; Sinai Hospital, part of LifeBridge Health, received its imprimatur from JC in January 2019.

What does this mean to you? A lot.

In Baltimore City alone, three hospitals are JC-accredited Comprehensive Stroke Centers, 12 are Primary Stroke Centers and one is a Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center. More are in the surrounding areas and throughout the state, so when you experience the symptoms of a stroke, the ambulance takes you to one of these hospitals.

“As a part of being a Primary Stroke Center, we work hand in hand with Baltimore EMS,” explains Aaliyah Franks, R.N., M.S.N., clinical program nurse manager of Stroke and Chest Pain Services at GBMC. “EMS pre-alerts the hospital with information about the patient so that the team can prepare. The hospital must maintain a designated team to provide services for those having a stroke, such as emergency department staff and operating room capacity since every stroke treatment is time sensitive.

There’s an internal stroke alert process so others who need to be involved know to respond. Someone coming to the emergency department will have a knowledgeable team member throughout the evaluation procedure, including doctors, nurses, even volunteers, and then through treatment, recovery, and rehabilitation. This also holds true when a patient already in the hospital has a stroke.”

Franks oversees the training and education on stroke for all staff members at GBMC ensuring the standards for a primary stroke center are met or exceeded.

She, like her counterparts at other primary stroke centers, keeps an eye on every facet of stroke patient care. Quick reaction time is critical when someone arrives at the emergency department, but she then follows through on how patients do with their recovery.

Of value to us as potential patients is that these hospitals work together to improve services and recognize each other’s strengths. And that’s why, when you call 9-1-1, you can trust you’ll go to the hospital where you’ll have the best chance for good outcome. •