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Code Stroke

The earlier a person who has suffered a stroke can be treated, the better the outcome will be.

That's why SJRMC implemented Code Stroke for patients who arrive in the ER with stroke-like symptoms. Key steps include:

  • EMS performs the Cincinnati Stroke Scale, a simple neurological test on anyone with stroke-like symptoms.
  • EMS alerts the ER that a patient with stroke symptoms is on the way.
  • ER nurse triages the patient upon arrival to assess for stroke symptoms and initiates a stroke protocol to make sure all appropriate tests are ordered.
  • ER physician or ER nurse activates the Code Stroke system, which alerts all the team members including CT, X-ray, EKG, lab, pharmacy and the stroke nurse.
  • The neurologist is also contacted to determine immediate treatment for the patient.

Saint Joseph Health System  |  5215 Holy Cross Parkway, Mishawaka, IN 46545  |  574.335.5000

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