Stroke & REACH 24/7
Act FAST in an emergency.
If you think you, or someone you are with, may be experiencing a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not ignore or rationalize away stroke symptoms. Take action!
The Emergency Department at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital offers high-speed diagnostics to evaluate stroke symptoms, and is prepared to administer the most modern treatments available, including the clot-busting drug tPA.
When it comes to stroke, know the warning signs!
If you know the symptoms of stroke, you might save a life. They are:
• Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms or legs, especially on one side of the body
• Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech
• Sudden trouble seeing out of one or both eyes
• Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
• Sudden severe headache with no known cause
“REACH” stands for Remote Evaluation of Acute ischemic Stroke.
St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital is proud to utilize the REACH system in partnership with Georgia Regents University (formerly known as the Medical College of Georgia). This potentially life-saving telemedicine system enables specialist consults 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, allowing those specialists to remotely provide urgent consultations, including virtual examinations of both the patient and their corresponding brain imaging studies.
The Clot-Busting Drug, tPA
When deemed medically appropriate, tPA (tissue Plasminogen Activator) is currently the only FDA-approved drug for acute ischemic stroke, and is available at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital. The sooner treatment begins, the more brain tissue can be saved. tPA must not be given to patients whose stroke is caused by a ruptured blood vessel however, so quick and high-tech testing is vital. St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital provides this testing in minutes. The recommendation to administer tPA can only be completed by a stroke specialist, and St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital’s utilization of the REACH system makes the administration of tPA available 24/7.
Explore the resources at Explaining Stroke, an interactive educational resource from the National Stroke Association.