New protocol for stroke patients at Multicare Deaconess aimed to get treatment administered faster
SPOKANE, Wash. — Multicare Deaconess is the only hospital in our area to be cutting out a few steps in their protocol when a stroke patient arrives.
Now these steps might not seem too crazy, but they cut down time and when it comes to a stroke. Even a minute can make a tremendous difference.
When Multicare Deaconess Hospital is told a stroke patient is on the way, teams mobilize. Every second counts.
“The average blood clot-related stroke will kill 2 million nerve cells every minute,” said Doctor Jon Ween, the Medical Director of the Stroke Program at Multicare Deaconess.
To start Stroke Awareness Month, the hospital rolled out a new plan to shave off as much time as possible, and identify the stroke fast. They are the only local hospital to be doing so and invited KXLY in for an exclusive look at a practice run. The patient was a member of hospital staff.
If you are rushed to Multicare Deaconess Hospital’s emergency room with symptoms of a stroke, gone are the moments spent getting settled in to a room and changing in to a hospital gown.
“We try to avoid unnecessary things, get people right in to the scanner after a brief assessment, identify where the stroke is, what kind of stroke and how much tissue is at risk,” said Dr. Ween.
Multicare Deaconess says this procedure is gaining traction around the country and the goal, to get started quickly so patients can avoid lasting damage.
He added, “with these mechanical clot extractions, with these very large strokes that we have, we see patients walk home the next day or the day after, sometimes, not everybody is as lucky as that but you increase the likelihood of outcomes like that the sooner you treat.”
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