FAIRMONT, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont has been named an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The designation means the hospital is equipped to evaluate, stabilize and provide emergency care to patients with acute stroke symptoms.
“When one of our community members recognizes the signs of a stroke, we want that person to know we are prepared to take care of them with recognized, high-quality stroke care,” says Sandee Vaske, registered nurse, Emergency Department nurse manager at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. “We know the faster a stroke is diagnosed and treated, the better chance there is of reducing permanent damage and disability.”
Stroke, also known as a cerebrovascular accident or brain attack, occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is suddenly stopped. This process is similar to a heart attack. Without oxygen, the nerve cells in the affected area of the brain cannot function and often die. As a result, the parts of the body controlled by that section of the brain usually quit working.
“When it comes to having a stroke, time lost is brain tissue lost,” says Andrew Reeves, M.D., a Mayo Clinic neurologist and co-chair of the Mayo Clinic Health System Stroke Committee in southwest Minnesota. “That’s why it’s so crucial Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont is ready to deliver high-quality stroke care, close to home.”
According to MDH, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in Minnesota and accounts for approximately 2,100 deaths annually. Minnesota hospitals treat more than 12,000 stroke patients each year.
It’s important for Minnesotans to know how to spot a stroke quickly and call 911. You can recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke by remembering F.A.S.T.:
- F – Facial droop/numbness
- A – Arm weakness
- S – Speech difficulty
- T – Time to call 911
For more information about the warning signs of stroke and steps you can take to prevent a stroke, visit mayoclinic.org/stroke.
Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.