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New AHA stroke guidelines reinforce McLaren Stroke Network practice; support thrombectomy up to 24 hours

New guidelines include evidence supporting that patients can benefit from a thrombectomy for up to 24 hours and still achieve enhanced, 1A outcomes. Previous guidelines suggested six hours.

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Thanksgiving 2017 Marks Anniversary of Stroke Patients Story of Determination
Getting the right care, at the right time, from the right caregivers, combined with a “never give up” attitude of a special couple, makes for one very inspiring stroke story.
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Neurointensivist Adds to Stroke Continuum of Care

Gregory Norris, MD, neurointensivist, is adding a critical component to the continuum of care provided to patients of the McLaren Stroke Network.

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McLaren Pursues Neuroscience Research

Dr. Aniel Majjhoo, interventional neurologist, is a principal investigator for the STRATIS clinical registry, which refers to the Systematic Evaluation of Patients Treated with Neurothrombectomy Devices for Acute Ischemic Stroke (STRATIS).

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McLaren Flint Awarded Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers

McLaren Flint is the first hospital in Genesee County to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers

telemedicine service
Interventional neurologist, Aniel Majjhoo, MD, utilizes telemedicine technology to provide bedside consultation with a stroke patient and clinician.

McLaren Stroke Network

McLaren Health Care's telemedicine service provides patients with enhanced in-house stroke care and 24/7 access to highly specialized interventional neurologists who can provide advanced therapies for patients with strokes and aneurysms. The McLaren Stroke Network is the only program in Michigan- and one of only a handful in the nation- where every stroke patient is seen by a stroke trained interventional neurologist in minutes...any time of the day or night.

As part of the McLaren Stroke Network, interventional neurologists utilize a telemedicine “robot” to provide consultative services within minutes of notification by onsite emergency and in house physicians. The TeleStroke System allows the interventional neurologist to beam in to the patient’s bedside from a remote location and assess the patient, review CT scan images and discuss best options for the patient with onsite physicians and the patient’s family. Nine of the hospitals across the McLaren system have installed this telemedicine technology in their emergency department, ensuring that patients have access to rapid decision-making for treatment during the critical period following onset of stroke symptoms. This technology assures that clinical therapies such as clot removal and clot busting drugs can be applied quickly and effectively, resulting in better outcomes for the patient in regaining blood flow to affected areas in the brain, thus minimizing long term disability.

Click here to learn more about McLaren Stroke Network.

Stroke

McLaren is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care to our stroke patients. The clock starts ticking upon the first signs of a stroke. For every minute a stroke is left untreated, millions of brain cells die. The key to maximizing your outcome after stroke symptoms begin is to immediately call 9-1-1 so you can get to the Emergency Department as soon as possible. Similar to treating a heart attack, evidence based medicine shows there is a "treatment window" for maximizing outcomes for stroke patients. McLaren is among the best in area stroke care and employs a skilled to staff to increase positive results.

Stroke is a medical emergency! Time is critical if you are having a stroke. Call 9-1-1 if you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs or symptoms

The National Stroke Association says you can use the acronym FAST:

Face - Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms - Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech - Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
Time - If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Stroke Center at McLaren Flint

Seal of The Joint Commission

McLaren Flint is a Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center

McLaren Flint is the first hospital in Genesee County to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

With this certification, McLaren Flint joins an elite group of health care organizations across the country that are focused on highly-specialized stroke care. McLaren Flint is one of six hospitals in the state to earn this certification. To be eligible, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with stroke-related standards as a Primary Stroke Center and meet additional requirements, including those related to advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and providing staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.

McLaren Flint underwent a rigorous onsite review in July of 2016 when Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements.

"By achieving this advanced certification, McLaren Flint has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends McLaren Flint for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”

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McLaren Flint Comprehensive Stroke Center Outcomes October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017

Stroke Outcome Measures McLaren Flint Comprehensive Stroke Program Performance American Heart/American Stroke Program Target MI Benchmark National Benchmark
Door to Needle Time (IV-tPA) Median Time 49 minutes <60 minutes 50 minutes 46 minutes
Percentage Eligible Receive Drug in 60 mins or less 95% 75% 81.70% 79.60%
Percentage Eligible Receive Drug in 45 mins or less 50% 50% 49.60% 40.20%
Time from Procedure Start to Open Vessel for Large Vessel Occlusion 47 minutes 60 minutes n/a 60 minutes

Major Complications in Stroke Care McLaren Flint Comprehensive Stroke Center Joint Commission Standard Target
Bleeding after IV-tPA 2.88% 6.40%
Post Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Stenting/Carotid Endarterectomy 0% <3%
 Post Symptomatic Carotid Artery Stenting/Carotid Endarterectomy 0% <6%
Post Diagnostic Cerebral Angiogram 0% (0/291) <1%
Post Mechanical Thrombectomy (clot removal) 3.5% (3/85) n/a
Post Aneurysm Coiling/Clipping 1.5%  (1/64) n/a

Time is Brain in Stroke Care!  McLaren-Flint’s Comprehensive Stroke Center strives to bring the most evidence based care available to patients experiencing stroke through established stroke care protocols at all McLaren Stroke Network locations.  Our performance in giving clot busting medications, opening clogged vessels in the brain and  care for patients with other conditions leading to deficits in brain function is carefully studied and compared  to national, local and Joint Commission targets and benchmarks.

For more information on McLaren-Flint’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, the McLaren Stroke Network or how to partner with us in community stroke care education, please contact the McLaren Neuroscience Institute at 810-342-5700

Patient Stories

Getting the right care, at the right time, from the right caregivers, combined with a “never give up” attitude of a special couple, makes for one very inspiring stroke story.

Our patient story of Thanksgiving 2017 Marks Anniversary of Stroke Patients Story of Determination
Ronald and Cyndi
Inspiring stroke story

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When Margo Holley woke up early one morning in July, she knew something was wrong. She felt an odd sensation on her left side. By the time she reached the bathroom, her left side was paralyzed.

Our patient story of Richmond woman enters emergency paralyzed, leaves walking
Holley
Richmond woman enters emergency paralyzed, leaves walking

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Jeanette has suffered and survived not one but two strokes. And while she bounced back quickly from the first, recovering from the second has been a much bigger challenge.

Our patient story of Stroke Survivor Encourages Others to Pay Attention to Blood Pressure
Jeanette
Stroke Survivor

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