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ATLANTA -- Emory University Hospital has received Comprehensive Stroke Center certification -- the only hospital in north Georgia to earn this designation, and one of just two in the state.
The elite designation, from the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, has been awarded to only 20 national providers focused on complex stroke care.
The certification recognizes those hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes, according to a statement.
Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. According to the American Stroke Association, it is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.
Emory University Hospital, which sees more than 1,000 stroke patients each year, underwent a rigorous onsite review by the Joint Commission in February 2013.
The hospital has specialized critical care specifically for stroke patients, including a dedicated 27-bed Neurointensive Care Unit staffed around the clock by neuro-critical physicians whose expertise is stroke care.
More than 50 percent of Emory University Hospital stroke patients are transported from other hospitals, and most of those arrive by air transportation because stroke patients require immediate and specialized attention to minimize the effects of stroke and to hopefully prevent disability.
Immediate treatment is essential when someone is having a stroke to reduce the effects and potential for permanent disability. Ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke and results when a blood clot blocks flow to the brain. Rapid administration of the FDA-approved clot-busting drug tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) can limit the potentially devastating effects of stroke.
(Atlanta Business Chronicle)