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Stroke Program

Sierra View Medical Center’s Acute Stroke program began in 2015. Since that time, we have established a framework of standardized stroke care, rooted firmly in best practice. It is from this framework that policies and staff education has been developed. With our eye on quality and safety, we continue to build and develop our program with the goal of becoming a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center.

Stroke Signs and Symptoms

To familiarize your patients with the signs of stroke, review the B.E. F.A.S.T. acronym.

B is for Balance - Sudden loss of balance, dizziness, and vertigo.

E is for Eyesight - Sudden loss or blurred vision in one or both eyes (double vision).

F is for face drooping - One side of the face is drooping or numb. When the person smiles, the smile is uneven.

A is for arm weakness - One arm is weak or numb. When the person lifts both arms at the same time, one arm may drift downward.

S is for speech difficulty - You may notice slurred speech or trouble speaking. The person can’t repeat a simple sentence correctly when asked.

T is for time to call 911 - If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if they go away, call 911 immediately. Make note of the time the symptoms first appeared.

Clinical Practice Guidelines

Clinical Pathways

Clinical Pathways are derived from the Clinical Practice Guidelines – they are a method of patient care management for a defined group of patients during their hospitalization. Clinical pathways state the key elements of care based on evidence-based medicine guidelines and best practice. The pathways facilitate the sequencing of care and activities by the multidisciplinary team.

Data

For the most recent data, including door to needle time, stroke composite scores, and more statistical information collected by SVMC, see the links below.

Policies

Patient Education & Discharge

NIH Stroke Scale

Additional Resources