Every second counts when a stroke occurs. Receiving the right care as quickly as possible can make a remarkable difference in a person's quality of life after a stroke event. Southeastern Med has partnered with OhioHealth to bring expert stroke care to our community and provide Cambridge-area stroke patients with the best possible outcomes.
The OhioHealth Stroke Network uses advanced, virtual health technology to connect the emergency team at Southeastern Med with OhioHealth stroke specialists in Columbus. OhioHealth stroke specialists use two-way audio-visual technology that virtually puts them in the room, helping our local physicians and nurses make the time-critical decisions that save lives.
A patient requiring additional medical attention may be transferred to an OhioHealth Comprehensive Stroke Center or Primary Stroke Center.
Signs of a Stroke
Quick, expert treatment can prevent long-term disability, so it’s important to understand the warning signs and symptoms. If you or someone you’re with experiences any of the following symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately and tell the dispatcher you suspect a stroke.
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, call 9-1-1 and get to the closest emergency room immediately.