In recognition of its expertise in treating stroke patients, Orange Regional Medical Center has been named a designated stroke center by the New York State Department of Health. A state protocol dictates emergency responders transport certain stroke patients to designated stroke centers even if other hospitals are closer.
As a designated Stroke Center, led by Dr. Olga Fishman, Orange Regional has an expert Stroke Team made up of highly trained physicians, nurses and technicians that can treat stroke patients quickly and effectively, using the latest medicines and techniques, to minimize brain damage.
Having quick access to these types of services within the first three hours of showing symptoms of a stroke is essential to preventing long-term neurological damage.
A stroke, or brain attack, occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel or artery, or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When a brain attack occurs, it kills brain cells in the immediate area. Doctors call this area of dead cells an infarct. These cells usually die within minutes to a few hours after the stroke starts.
Every Second Counts - Know the Signs & Symptoms of a Stroke
A stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States.
On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. To better prepare people to respond to a stroke in a timely manner and with appropriate action, Orange Regional supports using the FAST acronym to educate the public on the signs and symptoms of stroke:
F = Face Drooping
A = Arm Weakness
S = Speech Difficulty
T = Time to call 911
The acronym can help people remember and recognize the general signs and symptoms of a stroke. Call 911 immediately if you experience sudden onset of the following:
- Weakness or numbness on one side
- Facial drooping
- Slurred or irregular speaking
- Vision loss
- Severe headache or dizziness
The sooner symptoms are recognized, the sooner medical help can be sought.
Quicker response time at the onset of a stroke can lead to faster treatment, which results in better chances of survival and decreased physical and neurological disabilities. Highly effective treatments that can be administered early from the onset of a stroke, include administering a clot dissolving medication within three to four hours, or a thrombectomy, which is a type of surgery to remove a blood clot from inside an artery or vein, that can be performed within six to 24 hours.
Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke
Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Orange Regional earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. This included evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines, all toward the goal of improving recovery time and reducing the risk of death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients receive education on managing their health, and a follow-up visit is scheduled.
“Treatment within three hours of presenting symptoms of a stroke, not only provide the best chance for survival, incurs less disability after a stroke,” said Medical Director of Orange Regional’s Stroke Center, Olga Fishman, MD. “To receive this recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, shines a spotlight on the hard work of our team and Orange Regional’s commitment to providing immediate high quality care for stroke patients.”
Orange Regional also received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
- American Stroke Association: www.strokeassociation.org
- American Heart Association: www.americanheart.org
- Brain Attack Coalition: www.stroke-site.org