When someone is having a stroke, every second counts. The longer it takes for treatment to begin, the more brain tissue will be lost. Not only does it matter how quickly a patient gets care, but it also matters where that care is provided. When you choose a certified Primary Stroke Center, like Fawcett Memorial Hospital, you can feel confident that you or your loved one is getting the best care possible.
Certified Primary Stroke Centers must meet certain standards. Stroke care must start with communication between the ambulance team and the hospital to ensure that the emergency room is prepared for the patient’s arrival. There, a “Stroke Alert” team goes into action to deliver life-saving care. This team is made up of ER doctors, neurologists, radiologists, and specially-trained nurses, lab staff, and pharmacy staff. A CT scan or MRI must also be performed within 45 minutes. Certified Primary Stroke Centers must have a lab open 24 hours daily, and they must offer rehabilitation and acute care services for recovery.
Trust Fawcett Memorial Hospital and our certified Primary Stroke Center when a stroke emergency strikes. Find out more about stroke care at our Port Charlotte hospital by calling (888) 685-1599.