St. Anthony Stroke Network
St. Anthony Hospital is designated as an advanced primary stroke center through The Joint Commission. Our nationally certified stroke center may be accessed through all five of our Oklahoma City emergency rooms and through St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital.
The Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers from The Joint Commission recognizes centers that follow the best practices for stroke care. Applicants for advanced certification must meet the requirements for Disease-Specific Care Certification plus additional, clinically specific requirements and expectations. Certified primary stroke centers:
Think you are having a Stroke? Call 9-1-1- IMMEDIATELY!
F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. When you can spot the signs, call 9-1-1– for help.
F – Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
A – Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S – Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
T – Time to Call 9-1-1: If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.
Source: American Stroke Association, http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/WarningSigns/Stroke-Warning-Signs-and-Symptoms_UCM_308528_SubHomePage.jsp.