Advanced Primary Stroke Center
Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center was the first hospital in southwest Las Vegas to be certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Advanced Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care.
To achieve certification for one year, stroke centers must demonstrate that they comply with standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measurement activities. To maintain certification, a stroke center must attest to continued compliance with standards and evidence of performance measurement and improvement activities each year, pass an on-site review conducted every two years by The Joint Commission and complete a bi-annual submission of an acceptable assessment of compliance by the organization.
A stroke is what occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked or stopped. Within a few minutes of a stroke, brain cells begin to die. According to the Centers of Disease Control, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the US and is a major cause of adult disability
Problems that can arise include weakness in an arm or leg after a small stroke to paralysis and loss of speech in larger strokes. This is why it's so important for someone who is having a stroke to get medical attention as quickly as possible. Stroke affects about one person every four minutes in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Stroke Center
The Stroke Response Team at Spring Valley Hospital is prepared to evaluate and treat patients with stroke emergencies. The multidisciplinary medical team includes emergency physicians and nurses, neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, registered nurses, therapists and case managers who work together to provide quality stroke care.
Spring Valley Hospital is one of only two facilities in Las Vegas to receive the highest achievement from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associations for its stroke practices. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. The goals of these quality measures are speeding up recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
Because rapid stroke diagnosis is essential for preventing further damage and enhancing patient recovery, the Stroke Response Team has access to advanced imaging technology including:
- Cerebral Computed Tomography (CT) Scan — The first and most important test after a stroke to help doctors determine if a stroke is ischemic or hemorrhagic. A CT scan helps identify whether there is bleeding in the brain via a series of X-rays.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scan — An MRI can determine the amount of damage to the brain and help predict recovery. An MRI, which uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body gives information that cannot be seen on an X-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan. Spring Valley Hospital is one of the few hospitals in Las Vegas using 3T-MRI technology for neurology and stroke patients, which produces higher quality detailed images with fewer contrast injections and reduced procedure time within a large field-of-view to accommodate a variety of body sizes, shapes and conditions.
- Cerebral Vascular Angiography — Helps lay the groundwork for stroke treatment. During this minimally invasive procedure, images of the blood vessels in the brain are taken. An angiogram helps locate blockages that cause ischemic stroke and also identifies aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations (a tangle of arteries and veins) that cause hemorrhagic stroke. Spring Valley Hospital's interventional lab offers dual-purpose biplane technology for angiography procedures.
Within hours of initial diagnosis, patients are given a personalized plan and cared for in units dedicated to stroke care so they receive the medical attention needed for the best possible outcome, as well as support for the physical, emotional and lifestyle issues related to stroke. If needed, inpatient rehabilitation, including specialized neurological therapy services, is available at Spring Valley Hospital so patients can continue on their road to recovery.