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Advanced Primary Stroke Center

What’s a Primary Stroke Center?

The FWBMC Advanced Primary Stroke Center has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission and is recognized by the as a Primary Stroke Center. Currently the only Advanced Primary Stroke Center in Okaloosa County.

Standards of Care

As an advanced primary stroke center, we follow treatment standards based on Clinical Practice Guidelines researched by the American Stroke Association and program guidelines recommended by The Joint Commission.

  1. Acute Stroke Team: Includes a doctor experienced in diagnosing and treating cerebrovascular disease, along with other specialists, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to evaluate any patient who may have suffered a stroke
  2. Written Care Protocols: Written procedures to help streamline and speed up the diagnosis of stroke and provide comprehensive treatment of stroke patients
  3. Emergency Medical Services (EMS): In-the-field symptom identification, baseline treatment, and rapid transport of patients to the emergency department
  4. Emergency Department (ED): Staff trained in stroke care and treatment; maintaining strong lines of communication with EMS and other members of the stroke care team
  5. Stroke Care Team: Hospital staff that work together to provide quality care to every stroke or suspected stroke patient and their family. The care team includes: doctors, nurses, case managers, therapists, diagnostic technicians, dieticians, educators and the Stroke Coordinator, who work together for the best possible outcome
  6. Inpatient Stroke Education: Education provided to patients and their families admitted with stroke or suspected stroke to provided knowledge of signs and symptoms, risk factors and risk factor reduction
  7. Neurology Services: A physician specialty focusing on neurologic diseases of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system; these physicians often manage the care of patients with stroke
  8. Neurosurgical Services: A physician specialty that focuses on the surgery that treats diseases of the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system
  9. Support of Medical Organization: The commitment of administration, professional and nonprofessional staff to provide high-quality care to stroke patients
  10. Neuroimaging: Imaging of the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system, with the capability of performing the test and providing results within 45 minutes of the test being ordered
  11. Laboratory Services: Around-the-clock standard laboratory services, with results delivered rapidly and accurately
  12. Quality Improvement: Includes written or electronic recordkeeping for tracking the number and types of stroke patients seen, their treatments, and outcomes
  13. Professional Educational: Continuing medical training for the professional staff of a primary stroke center to ensure up to date knowledge on leading edge treatment for stroke
  14. Community Education: Ongoing public education regarding signs and symptoms of stroke; stroke risk factors and reduction steps; prevention and treatment options