Baptist Health South Florida treats more people for stroke than any other hospital system in South Florida. Baptist Health Neuroscience Center
, located on the Baptist Hospital campus, features an 8-bed neurocritical care unit and a 48-bed neuroscience inpatient unit with specially trained nurses, neurologists and neurosurgeons to meet the needs of neurological patients.
Baptist Hospital is certified by The Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center – the highest level of stroke certification available. The hospital is one of only a few nationwide to receive this distinction, which indicates that it has the resources, staff and training necessary to treat the most complex stroke cases. In addition, Baptist Hospital is part of Miami-Dade County’s Stroke Network and is designated as a comprehensive stroke center for offering neurosurgery, neurointerventional procedures, a full range of rehabilitation services and more.
South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital are designated Primary Stroke Centers by the Agency for Healthcare Administration. South Miami Hospital is also part of the county-wide stroke network.
Because time is of the essence with stroke care, the multidisciplinary stroke team goes into action when paramedics notify the Emergency Center that a stroke patient is en route to one of our hospitals. Patients are evaluated quickly with high-tech imaging to determine the best treatment. Quick treatment is the best way to survive a stroke, the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States. It’s important to know the warning signs of stroke and how to respond to them.
Warning Signs of Stroke
Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
Source: American Stroke Association
Is it a stroke?
Here’s a quick and simple way to determine if a person might be having a stroke:
Ask the person to smile.
Ask the person to raise both arms.
Ask the person to speak a simple sentence.
If the person has trouble doing any of these things, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the emergency dispatcher.