Nearly one in three Minnesota stroke victims first receives care at a small, rural hospital. In addition, more than one-third of Minnesotans live more than 60 minutes away from a Primary Stroke Center. These facts highlight the importance of local hospitals becoming designated as stroke-ready facilities.
“When it comes to stroke, time lost is brain lost,” said MDH Commissioner of Health, Dr. Ed Ehlinger. “That is why it is so crucial that all Minnesota hospitals are ready to deliver high-quality stroke care close to home.”
Lakeview Hospital is now designated as a Stroke Ready Hospital by the Minnesota Department of Health.
Lakeview Hospital joins 83 hospitals across Minnesota recognized for their preparedness to evaluate, stabilize and provide emergency treatment to patients with acute stroke symptoms.
In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature authorized the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to designate hospitals in Minnesota as “stroke hospitals.” The designations from lowest to highest level of stroke care are Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals, Primary Stroke Centers, and Comprehensive Stroke Centers.
The Acute Stroke Ready Hospital designation recognizes Lakeview Hospital for development of stroke protocols and staff education related to timely provision of care for patients suffering signs and symptoms of stroke.
“The committee is pleased with Lakeview Hospital’s commitment to stroke education through quarterly mock codes, in-house seminars, conferences, telemedicine training and specific training for ED nurses, ICU nurses and House Supervisors. Stroke education [and medical direction] for the EMS Services is a true service to the community,” stated Albert Tsai, Minnesota Department of Health.
In addition to achieving stroke ready hospital status, Lakeview Hospital has access to video-conferencing technology so that emergency room physicians can consult interventional neurologists from Regions Hospital in order to further assess patients remotely with state-of-the-art video capability.
“Lakeview Hospital Emergency Department (ED) is an excellent resource for Stillwater and surrounding St. Croix Valley communities for management of emergency medical treatment of patients suffering signs and symptoms of stroke or cerebral vascular accident (CVA)” stated Dr. Bjorn Peterson, Medical Director at Lakeview Hospital Emergency Department.
It is important for community members to recognize that serious medical conditions such as stroke have very time-sensitive treatments. With the resources available at Lakeview Hospital, we are able to start these treatments sooner–right here in Stillwater. This early intervention saves time as well as brain tissue. For signs and symptoms of stroke, call 9-1-1. Our critical care medics from Lakeview EMS will assure timely transport to the hospital for medical treatment of events involving stroke.
A reminder from the Minnesota Department of Health is as follows: You can recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke by remembering
F – facial droop/numbness
A – arm weakness
S – speech difficulty
T – time to call 9-1-1