Certified Primary Stroke Center
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is Home to a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for stroke care. As a designated Primary Stroke Center, the stroke program at Englewood Hospital has demonstrated that it significantly improves outcomes for stroke patients. The Medical Center is part of a group of fewer than 150 hospitals nationwide designated as a Primary Stroke Center.
In response to the large numbers of patients who experience stroke, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center has launched Bergen County’s most comprehensive stroke center. The center’s goal is to alert people to recognize the symptoms of stroke and to provide the community with an outstanding emergency response and treatment resource for stroke victims.
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center’s stroke team is distinctive in that the response and care of stroke patients has been planned by and is implemented by a coordinated team of experts. These care providers include members of the Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU), physicians, nurses and technicians.
Members of the local ambulance corps have been trained to recognize the symptoms of stroke and are prepared to alert the Emergency Department of the imminent arrival by ambulance of a possible stroke patient.
Upon entering the Emergency Department, all patients are assessed by the triage nurse. Those suspected of having stroke are evaluated on the basis of nationally established criteria. If the patient’s condition is defined as acute stroke, the stroke team is activated. Patients arriving within three hours of the onset of stroke will be evaluated to see if it is appropriate for them to receive TPA, a medication that reduces the effects of some types of stroke.
After the patient is stabilized, families are contacted and treatment plans are made with them to coordinate the patient’s care and rehabilitation.
A neurologist in conjunction with the primary care physician reviews the results of all tests and consults with other specialists as needed. Rehab begins almost immediately.
The departments of Radiology, Cardiology and Rehabilitation Medicine work together to prepare the patient for a smooth transition to their home or to a rehabilitation center.
It is extremely important to remember to call 911 or get to an emergency department immediately if you have numbness or weakness on one side and/or changes in speech or vision. The faster you come to the Emergency Department and acute care is given, the greater the chances for more complete recovery.
The American Stroke Association has recognized Englewood Hospital for achieving 85% or higher adherence to Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 12 month intervals and 75% or higher compliance with 6 of 10 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.