Stroke Care: From a Drill to Reality

Stroke Care: From a Drill to Reality

Fresh from vacation and recharged for work, Linda, director of hospital imaging, met with her management team to review priorities for the coming weeks. During the meeting, she realized something wasn’t right. “I wasn’t speaking clearly and I felt as though I wasn’t making any sense,” says Linda.

Soon after, Linda met with a coworker and she began to feel dizzy. “He told me I didn’t look right and urged me to go to the emergency department,” says Linda. A member of the hospital’s stroke committee, Linda started to realize that she might be having a stroke.

It’s no longer a drill

When Linda arrived at the emergency department, a physician immediately assessed her and ordered a CT scan. Having experienced many stroke patient mock drills, Linda understood the stroke protocols, and now as a patient, she witnessed the team in action. “Everything we worked for was now happening to me,” explains Linda.

Fortunately, Linda passed the stroke test, but she was diagnosed with a transient ischemic attack or TIA and needed to remain in the hospital for observation. “I was so lucky that I didn’t have any brain damage,” says Linda.

On the hospital’s clinical decision unit, Linda received “knock your socks off care.” Nurses kept her informed of next steps and tests while her neurologist explained residual symptoms and how to prevent a future stroke.

“I knew I was at the right place because I know first-hand how hard our stroke team works,” says Linda.

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