A stroke is a major medical emergency and occurs when the brain is damaged due to a change in blood flow. The seriousness of the damage depends on the part of the brain involved and how much of the brain is affected during the stroke. Swiftness of treatment is essential to preserve and restore as much function as possible:
- St. Luke’s maintains a presence throughout the region with trained stroke specialists who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with immediate access to each St. Luke’s facility.
- St. Luke’s works closely with local EMS to shave precious time from the stroke care process.
- St. Luke’s provides the most effective stroke therapies, including IV tPA (thrombolysis) and intra-arterial thrombectomy available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- St. Luke’s takes a multidisciplinary team approach to stroke care to address the needs of each individual patient and their family.
- St. Luke’s uses iSchemaView RAPID™ to generate maps of damaged brain tissue to help determine treatment options. This imaging platform software works with CT perfusion scans to produce clear images of the brain and evaluate blood flow in patients who have had an acute ischemic stroke. By comparing flow in different parts of the brain, doctors can select those patients who will most benefit from thrombectomy, even if it’s up to 24 hours from the onset of stroke.
- St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem is accredited as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, signifying a high level of expertise and recognizing excellence in care.