2010-07-22 / News

Newport Hospital earns national stroke designation

The Joint Commission last week certified Newport Hospital as a primary stroke center, indicating that the hospital’s stroke program meets rigorous national standards and performance measures in caring for stroke patients and offering timely treatment of stroke.

The comprehensive certification process included review of the hospital’s data on admission of stroke patients, treatment plans of stroke patients and patient outcomes. The Joint Commission visited patient care units and interviewed staff and patients, and also visited the emergency department to assess the procedures used when a patient has had a stroke.

Each year, more than 700,000 Americans suffer a stroke. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and food. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die, so prompt treatment is crucial. Early action can minimize brain damage and complications.

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