Pardee Hospital is pleased to be the recipient of a $16,000 grant from the North Carolina Stroke Care Collaboration (NCSCC) to be used for funding staff education for Advanced Stroke Life Support. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports that North Carolina is included in the "Stroke Belt," an area in the southeastern United States that has a significantly higher incidence of stroke than the rest of the country. The NCSCC states that the age-adjusted stroke death rate in North Carolina in 2007 was approximately 19 percent higher than the United States rate.
In 2012, Pardee Hospital was designated as the first Stroke Capable Hospital in Henderson County by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services. This will allow Pardee to continue to serve Henderson County and prevent stroke related deaths within the region.
This grant was awarded to Pardee Hospital as a result of the efforts of Gayle Sams, Emergency Department Service Director. Denise Lucas, Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer for Pardee Hospital stated, "We are fortunate to have passionate leaders who seek opportunities to advance Pardee Hospital's capacity to provide excellent care. The training that will be supported by this grant will continue to build the knowledge and skills of our team members to be the best in the region."
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports the age-adjusted (ages 35+) stroke death rates in North Carolina to be 50.3 in 100,000. Henderson County has a stroke death rate of 43.7 in 100,000, while Rutherford County has 64.9 and Transylvania is at 53.2. These death rates are alarmingly higher than the United States average.
The North Carolina Stroke Care Collaborative is part of a national effort to reduce the incidence of death and disability caused by stroke. The NCSCC assesses the use of best practice guidelines for stroke treatment by conducting real-time data collection on stroke treatment within North Carolina hospitals. Using these data, hospitals are able to measure and improve the quality of patient care, according to information from the collaborative's web site.
The goals of the North Carolina Stroke Care Collaborative are to:
• Evaluate the current state of stroke care in North Carolina
• Facilitate quality of stroke care improvements in North Carolina hospitals
• Build a foundation for a state-wide stroke registry
The key to averting some of the more debilitating effects of a stroke is to get immediate medical attention at the first sign of a stroke. Warning signs may include:
• Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
• Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
• Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
• Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
• Sudden, severe headache with no known cause