CDH APN Presents Program to Other Ill. Hospitals
WINFIELD, Ill., October 17, 2007 — Maripat Lamp, APN, stroke coordinator at Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) in Winfield is a part of an elite team that saves lives every day. Later this month, Lamp is going to share some of that experience with other Illinois hospital professionals in her presentation, “Code BAT, Creating an In-House Stroke Alert Team,” during an Illinois Health Education Consortium Video Conference.
Similar to a “Code Blue” that in some hospitals call for heart patients in distress, patients at CDH presenting with symptoms of a stroke prompt a “Code BAT.” This sends the Central DuPage Hospital Brain Attack Team in action. The Team is comprised of expert clinicians trained in delivering acute, state-of-the-art care to patients experiencing a stroke.
“We are so fortunate to have one of the best stroke teams in the country including interventional neuroradiologist Dr. Harish Shownkeen and stroke neurologist, Dr. Henry Echiverri,” says Lamp. “Not all hospitals have these kinds of resources. I hope sharing our “Code BAT” process for rapid assessment and treatment of stroke patients can help other hospitals save more lives.”
The Illinois Health Education Consortium (IHEC) is a not-for-profit organization that operates the AHEC (Area Health Education Center) centers in Illinois. Their mission is to improve health care for the underserved through community health promotion activities, health professions education, and health careers development.
According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the number three cause of death, after heart disease and cancer. There are 750,000 strokes annually, and 163,000 result in death. Although many people are not aware they even are having a stroke, it's a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Many stroke survivors are left with mental and physical disabilities.
Signs & Symptoms of Stroke
SUDDEN numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on the one side of the body.
SUDDEN confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech.
SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause.
About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago. It is the third most active hospital in Illinois performing total joint replacements. CDH is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery with bio-engineered bone protein and was the first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in DuPage County.
Recently, CDH was recognized by U.S. News & World Report on the list of Best Hospitals in the orthopaedics category.
The hospital is part of an interdependent network of health-care organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor, visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4234 (4CDH).
Amy Jo Steinbruecker
Central DuPage Hospital
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