Stroke Drill Performed To Measure Timeliness of Stroke Treatment

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Putnam County EMS and Vanderbilt University Medical Center have partnered together to perform a Code Stroke drill on Wednesday, May 22.

“This drill is important for all parties so we can evaluate  the time it takes for a stroke patient to receive the appropriate care from the moment a stroke is called in the field,” said Susan Ashburn, stroke program coordinator at CRMC. “Time is brain, so it is important that the patient receive prompt treatment as quickly as possible.”

When a stroke is detected in the field by EMS, a Code Stroke is called and CRMC’s Code Stroke team is activated to let the ER know they are receiving a stroke patient. The Code Stroke team at CRMC includes a neurologist, the stroke coordinator, emergency room, imaging, respiratory, pharmacy and laboratory staff.

The team is prepared when the patient arrives, and they are immediately taken to imaging to have a CT scan performed, bypassing the ER. If a stroke is detected, the patient will either be treated for the stroke, or in more serious cases, they will be transferred to a nearby comprehensive stroke center.

Cookeville Regional Medical Center recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval and Heart-Check mark represents symbols of quality from their respective organizations.