Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes.
As a result and after undergoing an on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, has recognized Ascension Crittenton with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients.
It was the Ascension Crittenton Emergency Services team that saved the life of 35 year old stroke survivor Brent Cole. When Brent awoke one night experiencing numbness on the left side of his body, the quick action taken by EMS personnel and Ascension Crittenton ensured that Brent was given the lifesaving tests and medications.
Getting Help F.A.S.T.
If you, a family member, or friend experience any stroke symptoms you need to act F.A.S.T. “Time lost is brain lost.” A good way to evaluate whether a person has had a stroke is to remember the acronym F.A.S.T. - Face, Arms, Speech, Time.
- FACE – Facial droop, uneven smile
- ARM – Arm numbness, arm weakness
- SPEECH – Slurred speech, difficulty speaking or understanding
- TIME – Call 911 and get to Crittenton or the closest hospital immediately
Other symptoms that require immediate attention are:
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause