Dameron Hospital | Health Outlook | Winter 2018

A lifesaving partnership FOR the past several years, Dameron Hospital has been partnering with the Stanford Stroke Center at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. This partnership helps us treat patients who come to our facility with complex strokes with the very best care for their condition. “The Stanford Stroke Center is considered a national leader in advanced stroke treatment,” says Brad Reinke, MD, Dameron Hospital Chief Medical Officer and Emergency Department physician. “At Stanford, an innovative, streamlined protocol called the SIRS (Stroke Interventional Radiology Service) Rapid Access Program was developed for patients being transferred from other hospitals, delivered in the fastest manner possible. This program’s protocol includes streamlined communications to ensure rapid acceptance to the Stanford Stroke Center for patients from partner hospitals, like Dameron.” Saving every second While many patients can remain at Dameron, SIRS enables patients with complex strokes to receive evaluation by a multidisciplinary team of stroke experts and a treatment plan that’s ready when the patient arrives at Stanford. A simultaneous alert goes out to mobilize a team of responders, including specialists in anesthesia, imaging, diagnostic radiology, critical care nursing, pharmacy, respiratory therapy and intensive care. SIRS’s special interventional neuroradiology team care is available 24/7 to remove blood clots from a patient’s brain if that procedure is required. SIRS was created to gain every second possible between a stroke and treatment. Some interventions are only effective if performed within a certain time frame, and the accelerated transfer process improves the odds that these interventions will reduce stroke damage. Dameron delivers excellent stroke care with the Stanford Stroke Center 4 HEALTH OUTLOOK Brad Reinke, MD