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Mendota Community Hospital participates in program to improve stroke care

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 2nd, 2013

Mendota Community Hospital’s Emergency Department nursing staff, Sandy Northcutt, RN, left, and Tracie Kelly, RN, are members of MCH’s Stroke Network team. (Photo contributed)

MENDOTA – Mendota Community Hospital is participating in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke” program. The goal of the program is to improve the overall quality of care for stroke patients by improving acute stroke treatment and preventing future strokes and cardiovascular events.

As a Get With The Guidelines–Stroke participating hospital, Mendota Community Hospital is developing a comprehensive system for providing rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke when patients are admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain-imaging scans, having immediate access to neurologists who are available for consultation, and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

For the complete article see the 01-02-2013 issue.

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