Every second counts when a stroke occurs. Getting the right care as quickly as possible can make a remarkable difference in a person's quality of life after a stroke.
Southeastern Med partners with OhioHealth to bring expert stroke care to our community.
OhioHealth Stroke Network
In the event of a stroke, our emergency team can connect with OhioHealth stroke specialists in Columbus using the OhioHealth Stroke Network. This two-way, audio-visual technology virtually places the specialists in the room, helping our local physicians and nurses make the time-critical decisions that save lives.
And if a patient requires additional medical attention, it is a seamless transfer from Southeastern Med to an OhioHealth Comprehensive Stroke Center or Primary Stroke Center.
Signs of a Stroke
If you have a stroke, quick treatment can prevent long-term disability. It’s important to understand the warning signs and symptoms, and remember the words, “BE FAST”:
- B is for loss of balance or coordination.
- E is for trouble seeing out of one or both eyes.
- F is for face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face crooked or drooping? Does their face feel numb?
- A is for arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one drift downward? Is one arm weak or numb?
- S is for speech. Ask the person to speak a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange? Does the person have trouble understanding you?
- T is for time. In the event of a stroke, every second counts to avoid the risk of brain damage.
If you observe any of these signs in you or someone you’re with, call 911 and tell the dispatcher you suspect a stroke. Then get to the closest emergency room immediately.