Each year in the U.S. about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, making it the nation's third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke ever 40% seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. When treating a stroke, time is of the essence. That's why Advocate Sherman Hospital's Certified Primary Stroke Center is so valuable to our community.
Partnering with Central DuPage Hospital
Advocate Sherman Hospital has developed a partnership with Central DuPage Hospital, which offers neuro-interventional options in stroke treatment. Our expert stroke team can quickly identify patients meeting criteria and ensure timely transfer should this option be indicated dependant on the individual needs of the patient.
A stroke or brain attack is an emergency and immediate help should be sought by calling 911 to activate the Emergency Medical Response Team.
Primary Stroke Center Certification
After undergoing an on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, Advocate Sherman Hospital has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for certification as a Primary Stroke Center.
In stroke care, the speed with which a victim is treated is essential. With certification, we at Advocate Sherman Hospital have proven ourselves able to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims, which can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.
Know the Facts
- Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation's third leading cause of death.
- On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes.
- Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.
Know the Symptoms
Physical signs of stroke include:
- Extremity numbness
- Eyesight difficulty
- Sudden, severe headaches
Time is of the essence when treating a stroke. The time saved by knowing the symptoms can pay huge dividends during recovery.
Know the Risks
The risk of stroke is increased by:
- Heart disease
The Importance of Code BAT
When a "Code BAT" is issued, members of the Advocate Sherman Hospital Stroke Team (or Brain Attack Team) immediately jump into action. The team is comprised of trained clinicians who will deliver expert care to the patient experiencing a stroke.
- A "Code BAT" called from the Emergency Department indicates that a patient is arriving via ambulance which notifies the necessary trained personnel to respond.
- A "Code BAT" can also be activated for patients that are currently hospitalized. All Advocate Sherman Hospital employees have been trained to respond.