During a stroke brain cells are deprived of oxygen, and if they do not get the oxygen needed they begin to die. The result is damage to the affected areas of the brain. Stroke is a leading cause of death and serious long-term physical and mental disabilities.
The longer the brain cells are deprived of blood and oxygen, the greater the chance of damage to the brain, so prompt treatment is crucial in stroke care. The Sibley Emergency Department can effectively treat patients who have experienced a stroke.
Symptoms of a stroke include:
- Facial droop, uneven smile
- Arm numbness or weakness
- Slurred speech and difficulty speaking or understanding
If symptoms appear and then disappear quickly, it may be a “mini-stroke,” called a transient ischemic attack (TIA). This can be an important warning sign of a stroke, and you should seek medical care as soon as possible even if you’re feeling better a few minutes later.
Learn about Stroke with Jason Freeman, M.D.
Sibley Memorial Hospital is a Primary Stroke Center
The Joint Commission, in conjunction with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, has recognized Sibley Memorial Hospital with Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center. A certification as a Primary Stroke Center signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. Sibley’s Primary Stroke Center Certification demonstrates that the program meets critical elements of performance needed to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.
Sibley underwent a rigorous on-site review in October 2014. A Joint Commission expert reviewed Sibley’s compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as primary stroke center requirements, such as collecting Joint Commission core measure data and using it for performance improvement activities.
Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and launched in 2003, The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition’s Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers. Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.