In 2009 Orange Park Medical Center was awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for a Primary Stroke Center. Our team worked to meet both the American Stroke Association’s and the Joint Commission’s guidelines for the treatment of stroke. We offer a streamlined approach to stroke care, with utmost priority given to all acute stroke patients. Getting treatment as soon as possible after stroke symptoms begin is crucial to preventing and reversing permanent brain damage and resulting disability. Because we are a Primary Stroke Center, Clay County residents can get the care they need close to home and not waste valuable time traveling further for care after their stroke symptoms begin.
Orange Park Medical Center has also earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Orange Park Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
Diagnosis & Treatment
There are two main types of stroke. When blood flow to the brain is blocked, it is called an ischemic stroke. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs if a blood vessel breaks and bleeds into or around the brain.
Patients brought to Orange Park Medical Center with stroke symptoms are evaluated in our Emergency Department. Evaluation for stroke includes:
- CT scan of the brain
- Blood work
- Chest x-ray
- Swallow studies
Patients who are diagnosed with an ischemic stroke, and whose stroke symptoms began within the previous 3 hours, are given a clot dissolving drug (t-PA) to help restore blood flow to the brain.
Patients diagnosed with a hemorrhagic stroke may be taken to surgery to repair the ruptured blood vessel or be taken to our Intensive Care Unit for monitoring.
Our Stroke Team
Patients who need hospitalization are treated on our dedicated stroke unit. This unit is staffed by nurses who have received additional training in stroke care. These nurses teach all patients about follow up care, stroke prevention and lifestyle modification before they leave the hospital. Our stroke team includes caregivers from:
- Emergency medicine
- Rehabilitation services
All stroke patients are referred to our on-site Rehabilitation Services for physical therapy and speech therapy.
Stroke Risk Factors
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Heart Disease
- Excessive Alcohol use
- Physical inactivity & obesity
- Atrial Fibrillation (irregular heart beat)
- Family history of stroke
Stroke Warning Signs
Stroke is an emergency. Be SAFE if you experience!
Speech: difficulty speaking or understanding or slurred speech
Arm: or extremity numbness or weakness
Facial: droop, uneven smile
Eyes: Sudden loss of vision, partial or complete