Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta opens treatment for stroke patients

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Stroke patients living in Siskiyou County have a new place to get specialized emergency care in Mount Shasta.

Since July, Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta has been certified as a primary stroke center, meaning it offers some of the most advanced emergency treatments to save people’s lives with strokes, the gate said. -word of Mercy, Allison Hendrickson.

In addition to having a stroke center in southern Siskiyou County, the certification also means the hospital is working with the national medical accrediting organization, the Joint Commission, to track stroke data. said Mercy’s charge nurse, Barbara Clark.

The center is not separate from the current hospital facility, Clark said. “Although the certification identifies us as a primary stroke center, it actually refers to the entire hospital.”

Mercy is the second hospital in Siskiyou County to provide these new medical care services. Fairchild Medical Center in Yreka has been a primary stroke center since 2020, Fairchild Deputy Administrator Mike Madden said.

According to the American Stroke Association, a 40-minute drive from Mount Shasta to Yreka could cost valuable time – a huge factor in treating someone with a stroke. The sooner a person receives treatment, the more brain activity and abilities medical staff may be able to save.

Stroke is the fifth most common cause of death in the county and the leading cause of disability, according to the American Stroke Association.

Services available at Mercy Mount Shasta’s emergency room include CT scans within 10 minutes of a potential stroke patient arriving, Clark said. “Where appropriate, we will administer anti-clot drugs which can preserve brain function.”

Patients admitted to the hospital receive on-site physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, as well as other short-term rehabilitation services, she said. A dietary consultation helps patients who have difficulty swallowing.

Mercy also uses a “stroke robot” to connect patients with neurologists working remotely, Clark said.

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Stroke patients who need additional medical services – MRIs, surgery to remove a blood clot in the brain (mechanical thrombectomy) or to see a neurologist in person – will need to travel to Yreka, Redding or Medford.

Mercy Mount Shasta typically treats one to two stroke patients per month, Clark said, but 2022 has seen a slight increase. “We’ve already seen about 20” in 2022, she said.

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