Emergency Care For Stroke
Loma Linda University Medical Center uses more modern approaches for the emergency care of stroke, which requires the intense training and teamwork of staff to achieve this capability and level of expertise. Therapies such as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), have the potential to reduce permanent disability from stroke, but they must be administered within the first couple of hours after the appearance of the onset of a stroke. Loma Linda University Medical Center is one of the few facilities in the four county region that has the ability to safely administer this treatment.
LLUMC initiated an Hyperacute stroke team to help provide patients with immediate care to patients who may be suffering a stroke. The Hyperacute Stroke Team carefully follows structured protocols in the immediate evaluation of patients after a stroke. The team includes physicians, nurses, technicians and laboratory staff. Rapidly working together, they are able to assess the most appropriate treatment in acute stroke patients to include the clot busting medication, tPA. Working with Paramedics
Local paramedics now alert Loma Linda University Medical Center Emergency Department physicians that a potential stroke patient is en route to hospital. This enables the Emergency Department physician to provide immediate evaluation upon arrival. If it is determined the patient is experiencing a stroke, the Hyperacute Team is activated immediately to provide expert care.