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Emergency Care

Your specialized stroke care begins the moment you enter our hospital with our emergency department (ED). St. Mary’s ED provides personalized stroke care upon your arrival. Suspected stroke patients go immediately to the radiology department for a CT scan of the head, and the results are obtained from the radiologist within minutes of completion.

While the patient is still in the ED, the emergency physician will make contact with a neurologist, neurosurgeon or a vascular surgeon based upon the results of the patient’s CT scan. Stroke care decisions are made within 45 minutes of arrival based upon the CT scan, lab results and patient’s overall condition.

Timing is of particular importance for stroke patients as those who present within three hours of symptom onset are prime candidates for the drug t-PA. T-PA is a game-changing stroke treatment that helps dissolves clots and restores blood flow to the brain tissue that is dying from lack of oxygen.

The nurses and physicians within the emergency department follow a specialized set of guidelines as recommended by the American Stroke Association and the American Heart Association, which are reviewed on a regular basis by specialists worldwide. St. Mary’s adherence to these guidelines ensures that our patients receive the most up-to-date stroke care available.