Your stroke treatment journey [infographic]

Posted on 12 September 2019

The way we diagnose and treat stroke is changing. Today, Mediclinic takes a multidisciplinary approach, with the aim of ensuring all patients are treated in a standardised and timeous manner.

Mediclinic is standardising stroke care protocols in facilities across SA. Why? To elevate the standard of care and improve stroke outcomes. “Medics, nurses, stroke physicians, radiologists – when everyone works together, and quickly, we see huge improvements in how our patients recover from strokes,” says Dr Fiandeiro.

If you suspect a stroke, call 084 124 for expert assistance without delay. The earlier you receive treatment, the better. “Stroke treatment in the Emergency Centre is tricky. It needs to be done carefully – and well,” says Dr Fiandeiro.

 

The people who can help you survive a stroke

BYSTANDERS

  • Should know what a stroke looks like
  • Should call 084 124 for immediate assistance

 

ER24 PARAMEDICS

  • Assess the situation
  • Examine for vital warning signs
  • Stabilise the patient
  • Pre-notify the hospital
  • Transport the patient to the nearest facility

 

EMERGENCY CENTRE STAFF

  • Pre-notify the radiology department
  • Pre-notify the on-call stroke physician
  • Move the patient into resuscitation
  • Reassess the patient within five minutes of arrival in the EC
  • Check for potential allergies to medication
  • Check if patient qualifies for computed tomography angiography (CTA)

 

RADIOLOGIST

  • Conducts CT or MRI to diagnose stroke
  • and gauge the severity of brain damage

 

STROKE PHYSICIAN

  • Examines scan results
  • Decides on the most appropriate course of treatment

 

SPECIALISTS

  • Might conduct mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischaemic stroke
  • Might conduct percutaneous coronary intervention/clot removal surgery
  • Might perform thrombolytic therapy

 

OTHER PROFESSIONALS

  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Recreational therapist
  • Speech pathologist

 

 
During September, National Heart and Stroke Awareness Month, visit a participating Mediclinic for free blood pressure and cholesterol screenings. Find your nearest screening centre here.
 

Read more about heart and stroke health here…

The heart attack gender gap (infographic)
What happens in your body during a stroke (infographic)
Your stroke treatment journey (infographic)

Early warning signs of stroke
The different kinds of stroke: how they happen and how they harm your health
FAQs: Stroke – common questions, answered
 

Published in Heart & stroke

In the interest of our patients, in accordance with SA law and our commitment to expertise, Mediclinic cannot subscribe to the practice of online diagnosis. Please consult a medical professional for specific medical advice. If you have any major concerns, please see your doctor for an assessment. If you have any cause for concern, your GP will be able to direct you to the appropriate specialists.

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