Advanced Certification in Stroke Care

Stroke Awareness and Prevention

Port Huron Hospital is certified by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as a Primary Stroke Center

Joint Commission Certified for Advanced Stroke CareThe Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently awarded Port Huron Hospital with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. This means Port Huron Hospital is recognized for its state-of-the-art services, training and staff when treating stroke patients. Certified stroke centers are well-known for their high quality of care and for fostering better outcomes for their patients.

To qualify, a hospital must demonstrate Primary Stroke Center capabilities in addition to maintaining performance standards for Primary Stroke Center certification. Primary Stroke Center standards include:

  • a dedicated stroke-focused program

  • staffing by qualified medical professionals trained in stroke care

  • individualized care to meet stroke patients’ needs

  • patient involvement in their hospital care

  • coordination of post-discharge patient

  • additional elements of care essential to supporting better stroke patient outcomes 

Stroke Facts: 

  • Stroke is an emergency and a brain attack, it cuts off blood flow and oxygen to the brain causing death of neurons (brain nerve cells)
  • Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States
  • Approximately 795,000 strokes occur yearly, one occurs every 40 seconds, and takes a life every 4 minutes Risk factors for stroke are hypertension, high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, smoking, prior stroke or TIA, and alcohol use.
  • Women are twice as likely to die from a stroke than breast cancer annually Use the Act FAST test to remember warning signs:
    • F=Face Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
    • A=Arms Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
    • S=Speech Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred?
    • T-Time If the answer is yes to any of the above call 911 immediately. 

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