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Stroke Services at Hunterdon Medical Center

Hunterdon’s Emergency Department was designated a Primary Stroke Center by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services in 2008. This designation is based on Hunterdon’s comprehensive capabilities to rapidly identify, evaluate and treat stroke patients, by providing (among others) clot-busting medications, such as tPA, based on national recommendations.

Because immediate care is critical to a stroke patient’s survival and recovery, Hunterdon follows Neurological Society guidelines, and is committed to having a stroke team available within 15 minutes following the diagnosis of a potential acute stroke. Hunterdon’s door to CT scan time is 25 minutes, making the entire diagnostic process from door to CT interpretation in 45 minutes or less. Board certified neurologists and neurosurgeons are on call at all times.

As a designated Primary Stroke Center by the New Jersey Department of Health, Hunterdon Medical Center meets the standards and performance requirements  in caring for stroke patients and offering state-of-the-art treatments.

Because stroke is considered among the most serious medical emergencies, prompt and aggressive emergency treatment can save lives and minimize brain injury. One of the most important treatments for stroke, a drug called tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), which dissolves clots, can only be injected within three hours of the onset of symptoms..

State-of-the-art neuroimaging services, including computerized tomography (or CT) brain scans and laboratory services are available 24/7.

Signs of Stroke

Stroke is considered a medical emergency. If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T.* and do this simple test. Call 9-1-1 immediately:

  • Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can he/she repeat the sentence correctly?
  • Time: If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important. Call 9-1-1 or get to the hospital fast. Brain cells are dying.

Stroke Symptoms

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Please note that not all the warning signs occur in every stroke. Do not ignore signs of a stroke, even if they go away. Check the time. When did the first warning sign or symptom start? You’ll be asked this important question later.

If you are with someone who may be having stroke symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. Expect the person to protest; denial is common. Don’t take “no” for an answer. Insist on taking prompt action.

Rehabilitation and Home Health Care

From acute care in the Emergency Department through rehabilitation and Home Health Services, Hunterdon has developed a sophisticated protocol to follow stroke patients through recovery, every step of the way. Patients at Hunterdon have access to rehabilitative treatment to help restore physical capabilities, as well as Visiting Health and Supportive Services to ease the return home.

Additional information about stroke is available by visiting the American Stroke Association’s website at www.strokeassociation.org.

 

If you are experiencing an emergency, call 9-1-1.

*National Stroke Association