It is important to know the warnings signs of stroke and to call 911 immediately. Learn about FAST — an acronym to help you remember the signs of a stroke.
Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Committion since 2005. Both YNHH and the YNHH Saint Raphael Campus carry this distinction and offer the highest level of stroke care outlined by the Brain Attack Coalition in conjuction with the American Stroke Association.
A primary stroke center is a hospital that offers specialized, high quality, acute and stroke recovery care by meeting national standards developed by stroke experts in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and The Joint Commission. Learn more about our quality scores.
The Stroke Center
YNHH's Primary Stroke Centers include an interdisciplinary group of practitioners that are knowledgeable in the emergency managmenet of stroke, novel stroke therapies, and both short-term and long-term recovery care. Patient and family care is measured by a performance improvement process and reported publicly with other national programs. Being certified by The Joint Commission means that we provide stroke care 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and we have met the most stringent standards currently in use for stroke treatment.
Stroke care is provided by specialists in vascular neurology, endovascular surgical neuroradiology, neurovascular surgery, neurocritical care, physical medicine and rehabilitation, emergency medicine and other medical subspecialties, who work together to diagnose and determine the most appropriate stroke treatment for stroke patients and other cerebrovascular disorders including aneurysms, carotid occlusive disease, and vascular malformations.
Our in-patient services include a dedicated neuro-intensive care unit and a stroke consult service with a patient and family-centered approach to the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with cerebrovascular disease.
Specialized stroke clinics are available for community physician referrals, stroke consults and for primary and secondary stroke prevention.
A Stroke Treatment Story
David Schrage, a physically fit, 51-year-old tri-athlete, suffered a devastating stroke one afternoon at the office. Through video communication, drug therapy and cutting-edge neurosurgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Schrage was on the road to recovery within days.
Offered at Yale-New Haven Stroke Center:
- Rapid, diagnosis and stroke treatment 24 hours a day
- A team approach to stroke care treatment's with individualized care plans
- A neurological intensive care unit and a dedicated inpatient neurology service
- State-of-the-art neuroradiology and neurovascular interventional radiology services
- Neurosurgical support services
- Speech therapy, physical and occupational rehabilitation services
- Family support services and counseling
- Patient and family education
- Specialized stroke clinics
Through the use of video and image-sharing telecommunications, Yale-New Haven Stroke Center provides remote neurologic expertise when patients present with acute stroke symptoms at an affiliated hospital and are deemed eligible for intravenous Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA) or interventional procedures.
By establishing a telemedicine link using videoconferencing and image sharing technology, stroke specialists from Yale-New Haven can examine patients at remote hospitals miles away to help diagnose the patient's ailment and recommend a plan of care. One form of stroke treatment is to administer tPA, a clot busting drug that can greatly reduce the disability resulting from a stroke.
Unfortunately, some hospitals lack the resources to make this determination and cannot physically transfer the patient quickly enough to enable them to receive this therapy if warranted. TeleStroke can enable subscribing hospitals to provide expert acute stroke care for patients without physically transferring the patient to YNHH Stroke Center for diagnosis.
Telestroke programs throughout the country have demonstrated that telemedicine conferencing between outlying emergency departments and trained stroke neurologists can enhance the use of tPA at hospitals that do not have on-site neurologists 24/7.
To schedule an appointment or to speak to one of our specialists,
please call (203) 737-1057