Emergency stroke treatment in Orange Park, Florida
As a Comprehensive Stroke Center serving Clay County, Orange Park Medical Center is proud to offer members of our community the expert stroke care they need close to home. When an emergency strikes, you don't have to waste valuable time traveling farther for advanced medical care.
Our hospital is certified by The Joint Commission, which recognizes our stroke services for meeting and exceeding national standards for acute stroke care. We coordinate with local emergency medical services (EMS) personnel while they are en route to the hospital with a patient experiencing stroke symptoms. This allows us to prepare for our patients' arrivals and get them to imaging for an expedited diagnosis.
If you suspect someone is exhibiting stroke symptoms, don't wait. Call 911 immediately.
Orange Park Medical Center earned advanced certifications from The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital. Additionally, our program has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines—Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite. We also received recognition from the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.
Comprehensive stroke care
Patients receiving stroke treatment at our hospital benefit from a streamlined approach to care. Our emergency physicians know that patients coming to the emergency room (ER) with stroke symptoms require immediate support, as time to treatment is critical.
The team in our ER provides prompt assessments, diagnostic evaluations and appropriate treatment. Our doctors are trained to provide concentrated care quickly to prevent and/or reverse brain damage that may be caused by a stroke.
Patients arriving in our ER with stroke symptoms are quickly evaluated and sent to imaging. Patients may undergo a computerized tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to confirm their diagnosis. Once a stroke is identified and classified—as ischemic or hemorrhagic—treatment can begin. We also offer care for patients experiencing transient ischemic attacks (also known as mini strokes), which can be a warning sign for a future stroke.
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 experiencing an ischemic stroke—the more common type of stroke—can be treated with a clot-dissolving drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) if they arrive at the ER within 3 to 4.5 hours of stroke symptom onset. If a patient arrives outside of that time frame, a thrombectomy may be needed to open up the blocked blood vessel.
Patients with a hemorrhagic stroke diagnosis may be taken to surgery to stop the bleeding in the brain and/or taken to our intensive care unit (ICU) for close monitoring. Sometimes, an endovascular coiling procedure may be performed to divert blood flow away from an aneurysm. Our surgeons also offer carotid endarterectomy to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with narrowed carotid arteries.
Our stroke care team
Patients coming to our hospital with stroke symptoms progress through a continuum of care, beginning with fast treatment in our ER, continuing with neurological care and ending with rehabilitation to manage the effects of a stroke. We have a dedicated stroke unit where patients receive care from our specially trained nurses. Our nurses will also educate patients about what to expect with follow-up care, prevention for a future stroke and lifestyle modifications before hospital discharge.
Patients receiving stroke treatment are cared for by a multidisciplinary stroke team, which includes:
- Case managers
- Emergency medicine physicians
- Interventional neuroradiologists
- Laboratory technicians
- Rehabilitation specialists
Our stroke rehabilitation specialists focus on helping patients make a functional return to daily activities. All stroke patients are evaluated for indications of need for physical and speech therapies.
Signs of a stroke
Familiarizing yourself with the common signs of a stroke could help save a life. You just need to remember to BE FAST:
- (B)alance—Does the person have a sudden loss of balance?
- (E)yes—Has the person lost vision in one or both eyes?
- (F)ace—Does the person's face look uneven? Does one side droop?
- (A)rms—Is one arm hanging down when both arms are held over the head?
- (S)peech—Is the person's speech slurred?
- (T)ime—If you recognize any of these symptoms, call 911 now. Time is critical.
Stroke prevention—know your risk
Being aware of stroke risk factors can help you take control of your health and reduce your future risk of stroke. Risk factors may include:
- Atrial fibrillation (a type of heart arrhythmia)
- Excessive alcohol use
- Family history of stroke
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Physical inactivity and/or obesity