Medical Services • Stroke
Primary Stroke Center
IS IT A STROKE?
||Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
||Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
||Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
||If you observe any of these signs, it's time to call 911!
What should you do if you suspect a stroke?
- Call 911 immediately.
- Ask to be taken to a Primary Stroke Center such as Northwest Community Hospital. An Illinois law passed in September 2009 mandates that any patient believed to be suffering from a stroke must be transported to the closest Primary Stroke Center.
- Be sure to note the time when symptoms first occurred.
What are the symptoms of a stroke?
- Numbness or weakness in face, arms or legs, on one side of your body
- Confusion or trouble speaking
- Dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, blurred vision
- Severe headache that comes on suddenly with no known cause
What is a Primary Stroke Center?
- A Primary Stroke Center is an acute care hospital that has the critical elements to improve stroke outcomes for patients experiencing stroke symptoms or stroke warning signs.
- NCH is certified by The Joint Commission to perform state-of-the-art stroke interventions for patients with stroke symptoms.
- Leading stroke specialists and a highly trained, multidisciplinary stroke team are trained to recognize the early warning signs of a stroke.
- We are trained and ready to perform a comprehensive set of interventions at a moment’s notice for any patient, hospital or healthcare provider in the northern Illinois/southern Wisconsin region.
- To be a Primary Stroke Center, hospitals must be certified every two years; NCH was first certified in 2006, 2008 and renewed in 2010.
What are the latest stroke interventions?
- If your condition is appropriate, the following comprehensive stroke procedures will be provided to you:
- Within the first 4.5 hours after a stroke, tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a clot-busting drug administered by IV, may be used to break up the clot that caused the stroke.
- Up to eight hours after a stroke, neurointerventional radiologists can navigate directly to the clot to dissolve or remove it.
- These interventions can significantly diminish or reverse the effects of a stroke and prevent long-term disability.
For emergency or urgent intra-hospital transfers, please call our 24-hour Stroke Hotline at 847.618.8888.
To get a physician referral for your neurological care, call HealthConnection at 847.618.4YOU (4968) or view our multidisciplinary team of stroke specialists.