At NCH, our highly-qualified Stroke Team has again been recognized for exemplary work. As the most awarded Stroke Center in Southwest Florida, NCH is also the only Joint Commission-certified Stroke Center in Collier County.
A designated Comprehensive Stroke Center through the Agency for Healthcare Administration, the team at NCH has the capability to remove blood clots from arteries in the brain, as well as give the clot-busting medicine tPA. NCH has exceeded the time it takes for an NCH patient to receive the clot-busting drug from the time they arrive by an average of 36 minutes.
In addition to removing blood clots, the Stroke Team also performs aneurism coiling. Aneurism coiling prevents aneurisms from happening for the first time, or if one has already occurred it can help prevent future rupturing. Advanced technology, cutting-edge techniques and a skilled Stroke Team deliver fast stroke care as soon as patients arrive.
“Patients' health and wellbeing are everyone's top priorities,” said Brenda Hartmann, System Coordinator at NCH. “I would fully entrust this amazing group of professionals with anyone from my family.”
How does the NCH Stroke Team do it?
Rapid assessments in the Emergency Department with expedited CT scans are crucial. Neuro consults with the Teleneurology program to pinpoint the patient’s condition. From there, the delivery of clot-busting drugs or interventional radiology services begin immediately.
The Stroke Medical Director at NCH, Dr. Ruta Viktoria Totoraitis, MD, Vascular Neurology, oversees the entire process from beginning to end. “I am very proud of the entire stroke system we have in place at NCH,” Dr. Totoraitis said. “From the acute care component in the emergency room, to our inpatient team with dedicated neuro ICU beds and an entire neuroscience floor with excellent neuro trained nurses, stroke coordinators and a great support team of physical, occupational and speech therapists, my goal is that you have amazing care from admission to discharge.”
If you or a loved one suffers a stroke, the NCH Stroke Team is prepared and eager to help. Our cutting-edge technology and expert Stroke Team are here to give patients the help and care that they need, when they need it.
It’s worth noting, NCH recently earned the Gold Plus and Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll Quality Achievement Awards for their Stroke Quality and Performance measures for the 3rd year in a row.