We received Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from DNV in 2021, and are the first in Alaska to receive this designation, which reflects the highest level of competence for treatment of serious stroke events.
The DNV Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification is based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association, and affirms that the medical center addresses the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes. Comprehensive stroke centers are typically best-equipped hospitals for treating stroke and complications from stroke.
After our emergency room (ER) stabilizes a stroke patient, we use the most advanced technology available in diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. according to Brainline.org. Stroke affects someone in this nation every 40 seconds and it claims a life every four minutes.
Recognizing stroke symptoms
When brain cells are affected by a stroke, the abilities controlled by that area are lost. This may include speech, movement and memory. The faster you receive treatment the better. Remember the acronym F.A.S.T. to be aware of stroke signs.
- F – facial weakness – Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?
- A – arm or limb weakness – Ask them to raise both arms. Does one drift downward?
- S – speech difficulty – Ask them to repeat a simple sentence. Do they sound strange or do they slur their speech?
- T – time is ticking – If any of these symptoms are present, call 911 for help fast.
Stroke treatment and rehabilitation
A quick medical response can lower the risk of death and disability from stroke. Although, certain medications and treatments like the "clot-busting" drug (tPA) must be started within a set number of hours from the onset of symptoms.