Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States experiences a stroke. Every
four minutes one of those individuals dies. Stroke is responsible for
taking the lives of about 140,000 Americans each year, which is roughly
one out of every 20 deaths in the United States.
Stroke is also a leading cause of serious long-term disability. It can
affect the senses, speech, behavior, thoughts, memory and emotions; and
one side of the body may become paralyzed or weak. In fact, stroke reduces
mobility in more than half of the survivors who are 65 and older.
When a stroke occurs, blood circulation to the brain fails. This leads
to parts of the brain becoming damaged or dying. For stroke survivors,
recovery can take months or years; and in many cases, individuals never
Because of the quick - and sometimes irreversible - damage that can occur,
recognizing and treating stroke as soon as possible is critical. That
is why Mile Bluff Medical Center has recently taken it’s stroke
treatment initiatives and care to the next level.
Mile Bluff has been recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Health Service’s
Coverdell Stroke Program, for becoming a Coverdell Stroke Care Partner.
As a Coverdell Stroke Care Partner, Mile Bluff will be working to deliver
community education, review internal protocols, and provide regular feedback
to local emergency medical services. The stroke and emergency department
teams will also conduct mock rapid response stroke drills, and participate
in clinical stroke education.
The key to the most effective stroke care and recovery is to get treatment
started as soon as possible. The best way to ensure that treatment will
begin as soon as possible, is to dial 9-1-1 at the first sign of stroke.
Calling for emergency medical services means that the person experiencing
the stroke will be able to receive life-saving treatment in the ambulance
even before getting to the hospital. Once at the hospital, patients receive
emergency care, treatment to prevent another stroke, and even rehabilitation
to treat the side effects of stroke, if needed.
Effective stroke care requires coordination across many partners; and hospitals
that have coordinated, community-based efforts like this, have shown a
reduction in re-hospitalization rates. The participation of Mile Bluff
will further ensure that patients who experience stroke, will be cared
for by a team that meets the highest of standards.
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