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Treating Stroke: Going Above and Beyond

02-10-2016

Stroke Program Medical Director Neurologist Shahid Rafiq, M.D. consults with Emergency Department Physician Dr. Danielle Warren.

Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted. After just a few minutes without blood or oxygen, brain cells begin to die, causing paralysis, loss of speech, and death. The greatest chance for recovery from stroke occurs when emergency treatment is started immediately.

One way the FMH Stroke Center demonstrates its commitment to prompt, thorough, coordinated care is through its voluntary participation in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke program. Based on its success in meeting this program’s top standards for stroke care, FMH recently received the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, the program’s highest recognition.

Led by Board-certified neurologist Dr. Shahid Rafiq, Frederick Memorial’s stroke specialists work closely with the other members of the multidisciplinary team for the best patient outcomes. According to Stroke Program Coordinator Tom Shupp, the staff of the emergency room is an important part of the stroke team and is specially trained to evaluate and begin treatment as quickly as possible.

Pictured L-R: Stroke Program Coodinator Tom Shupp with Stroke Unit Manager Cathy Aker and Emergency Department Manager Judy Roberts.

Pictured L-R: Stroke Program Coodinator Tom Shupp with Stroke Unit Manager Cathy Aker and Emergency Department Manager Judy Roberts.

Designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Service Systems (MIEMSS), FMH has also received Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite recognition. The FMH Stroke Center was given this award for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with clot-busting drug tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. Patients experiencing a stroke who receive tPA within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover more quickly and are less likely to suffer severe disability.

Click here to learn more about the warning signs of a stroke.