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Stroke Awareness Programs
Telestroke - Stroke Assistance Through Virtual Emergency Support
Currently, many of Arkansas’ rural hospitals without the support of a neurologist often forgo administration of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), as they lack the staff resources to accurately identify and manage tPA candidates. Further, the window of time needed to affectively administer tPA is often lost when stroke patients are transported to a better-equipped, remote hospital. As such, Arkansas’ stroke patients are missing out on a quality-of-life-saving drug that significantly improves the chances of recovery while reducing permanent, stroke-related disability and, quite possibly, mortality. Arkansas SAVES has implemented a stroke management system specifically targeting these shortcomings by increasing access to subspecialty expertise through telemedicine technology, thereby engineering a coordinated assessment and care-based plan for Arkansas’ stroke patients.
Arkansas Stroke Assistance through Virtual Emergency Support (Arkansas SAVES) has presented an innovative solution to a complex, statewide problem. Not unlike those programs described above, this initiative has relied upon the expertise of Arkansas’ neurologists, innovative telemedicine systems, and ground-breaking medications to treat Arkansas’ stroke patients. DeWitt Hospital and Nursing Home was selected to participate in the Arkansas SAVES pilot project. We have been equipped with telemedicine technology, training for personnel, support for dedicated tele-stroke coordinator, and ongoing continuing education. We are excited to have been chosen for this program, and are working to educate the local community in stroke awareness.
A stroke, sometimes called a "brain attack," occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted or if bleeding occurs in or around the brain. When a stroke occurs, brain cells in the immediate area begin to die because they stop getting the oxygen and nutrients they need to function.
What are the symptoms of a stroke?
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body)
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking of understanding speech
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
Sudden severe headache with no known cause
What can you do to prevent a stroke?
There are several risk factors that increase your chances of having a stroke:
High Blood Pressure
Family History of stroke
Lack of physical activity
If you smoke, quit. If you have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or high cholesterol, getting them under control - and keeping them under control - will greatly reduce your chances of having a stroke.
What action should you take if you see someone experiencing the symptoms of a stroke?
Call 9-1-1 immediately. Stroke is a medical emergency. In treating a stroke, every minute counts. Knowing the symptoms of a stroke, making note of the time of the first stroke symptoms, and getting yourself to the hospital quickly - within 60 minutes if possible - can help you save yourself, or someone you know, from serious long-term disability. Be sure to bring any medications you are currently taking with you to the hospital, and establish the exact time that symptoms began.