Most strokes are preventable. And a large percentage of the ones that happen
are treatable with the right care, right away. It's a matter of knowing
what to do,
taking action and spreading the word.
This month, Humboldt General Hospital is joining with the American Stroke
Association to raise awareness of stroke, the no. 5 killer of American
men and women.
Each year, strokes kill more than 133,000 people; stroke is also the leading
cause of serious long-term disability.
Thursday, May 18, area residents are invited to a special luncheon to learn
more about stroke, how to treat it and how to prevent it.
From noon to 1 p.m., Hannah Kohler, RN, will discuss “Brain Attack:
Be in the Know About Stroke.” Lunch will be served and there is
no charge to attend.
A stroke is a “brain attack.” It can happen to anyone at any
time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. When
this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. The
result is that abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as
memory and muscle control can be lost.
How a person is affected by stroke depends on where the stroke occurs in
the brain and how much the brain is damaged. For example, someone who
had a small stroke may only have minor problems such as temporary weakness
of an arm or leg. People who have larger strokes may be permanently paralyzed
on one side of their body or lose their ability to speak.
Some people recover completely from strokes, but more than two-thirds of
survivors will have some type of disability.
Last year, Humboldt General Hospital partnered with Northern Nevada Medical
Center to launch a Telestroke program here locally. Because “time
is brain” and brain is life, there is roughly a three-hour window
from the time stroke symptoms appear until the window closes on administering
tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), the best hope for busting the clots
that otherwise can lead to permanent brain damage.
By the time a patient arrives at Humboldt General Hospital, providers assume
they have an hour to act, said Emergency Services Manager Rita Clement.
Once the Emergency Department team confirms a patient’s stroke symptoms,
they call Northern Nevada Medical Center, which pages the on-call TeleStroke
physician. At Humboldt General, a nurse rolls a stroke robot to the foot
of the patient’s bed.
The neurologist connects remotely to the robot via software on a workstation,
a personal laptop or even an iPad. The physician can pan, zoom and tilt
the robot’s camera to view the patient’s vital signs and charts,
perform a full examination, and interact and converse with the patient,
family members and medical care providers.
The neurologist then makes a recommendation for treatment, which the ED
team carries out.
Participants in Thursday’s luncheon will get to see the stroke robot
up close and learn more. Additionally, HGH Wellness Coordinator Billie
Lucero said there will be plenty of time for participants to ask questions.
The “Brain Attack: Be in the Know About Stroke” luncheon will
take place in the Sarah Winnemucca Conference Room at Humboldt General
Hospital. There is no charge to attend and both men and women are invited