Saint Barnabas Medical Center Designated
Livingston, N.J. -- Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston has been designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the State Department of Health and Human Services.
“The designation as a stroke center is a credit to our high caliber staff and commitment to bringing the highest level of quality care to our patients," said John Bonamo, M.D., M.S., Executive Director of Saint Barnabas Medical Center. “"We are committed to the recovery of our stroke patients and provide a continuum of care that includes rapid assessment, comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation.”
To become a Comprehensive Stroke Center, a hospital must offer specialized care to patients who suffer the most complex strokes and need specialized testing and immediate interventions. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is among an elite group of hospitals who have organized a group of stroke specialists for a stroke response team known as the Brain Attack Team (BAT).
This multidisciplinary team, comprised of an attending neurologist, medical resident, and stroke nurse practitioner, is available at Saint Barnabas Medical Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week to race to each incoming stroke patient’s side in the Emergency Department and make an immediate assessment. The hospital operator alerts the entire team via beeper simultaneously, bringing them to bedside within ten minutes. Also alerted, a CT technician and pharmacist provide immediate scans and medication.
“This system has allowed our stroke specialist team to assemble and respond to every stroke patient more rapidly than ever,” says Christopher Freer, D.O., Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
Stroke Emergency: Why Seconds Count
“Most strokes are ischemic, which means they occur from clots blocking the blood flow to the brain,” says Doreen Monks, R.N., MSN, Advanced Practice Nurse and Program Coordinator, The Comprehensive Stroke Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. “If tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is given within 180 minutes to treat the acute stroke, some patients see a dramatic reversal of stroke symptoms and fewer long-term complications.”
Not every stroke patient should be treated with tPA. While ischemic strokes benefit from this medication, someone with a hemorrhagic stroke, caused by bleeding in the brain, should not be given tPA as it could cause increased bleeding. It is vitally important for the stroke to be assessed properly.
Warning Signs of Stroke
Face Does face look uneven? Ask the person to smile.
Members of The Comprehensive Stroke Center include attending neurologists, attending physiatrist (a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation), advanced practice nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists. To reach The Stroke Center at Saint Barnabas, please call (973) 322-9742 or visit The Stroke Center at Saint Barnabas.
Date: October 31, 2007
Contact: Robin Lally, (973) 322-4923
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