Forrest General Certified as Primary Stroke Center by DNV Healthcare
Each year, nearly 5,000 Mississippians experience their first stroke, and more than 1,500 die from one. Fortunately, Pine Belt residents have access to the best stroke care available at Forrest General.
Forrest General is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by DNV Healthcare, the newest Medicare-approved hospital accreditation program. With this accreditation, patients who come to Forrest General with symptoms of a stroke will be put on the fast track to receiving exactly the care they need, delivered by specially-trained staff. Research has shown that stroke patients treated at Primary Stroke Centers have better outcomes, thanks to processes put in place to treat this life-threatening problem.
Forrest General's Primary Stroke Center includes care delivered in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Neurosurgery unit and patient unit 9T and features stroke care with coverage by a neurologist 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Nurses that care for stroke patients have each received extensive training in stroke-specific education.
Following a stroke, patients undergo an assessment to minimize risk factors and hopefully decrease the risk of a second stroke. Rehabilitation needs are also evaluated for each patient to make sure they are back on the road to their regular activities as quickly as possible.
DNV integrates the ISO 9001quality management system with the Medicare hospital standards and requires organizations to evaluate of patient care throughout an entire healthcare system and take measured steps toward improvement where needed. DNV hospital accreditation addresses the demands of quality-driven hospitals that are dedicated to patient-centered care.
Being accredited allows Forrest General to receive reimbursement for its patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid. The DNV accreditation program was authorized by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2008 and is the only program that integrates the ISO quality management system with Medicare's Conditions of Participation, the core requirements for hospitals set forth by the federal government. Forrest General will have three years to become compliant with the ISO 9001:2008 standards in order to maintain its accreditation with DNV.
For more information about DNV Healthcare and its NIAHO® hospital accreditation program, visit http://www.dnvaccreditation.com.
Signs of stroke: Think F.A.S.T.!
F: Face- Numbness or weakness on one side of the patient's face, arm or leg
A: Arm: The patient is not able to extend both arms out in front of them without one arm dropping
S: Speech- The patient has trouble speaking, is difficult to understand, or has trouble understanding you
T: Time- It is imperative to call 911 or get the person to the nearest emergency room to minimize brain damage!
Other possible signs of stroke include trouble seeing out of one or both eyes, trouble walking or balancing, dizziness and sudden severe headache.
National Stroke Association for the "Brainiac Kids" stroke resources
(Source: Forrest General and American Stroke Association)