El Camino Hospital has announced that its Los Gatos campus, 815 Pollard Rd., has been recognized as a Primary Stroke Center and designated as a stroke receiving center by Santa Clara County Emergency Medical Services. "Time is of the essence when treating strokes as every second that a patient goes without care is another second that the brain goes without adequate blood flow. This increases the chance of permanent damage or even death," said Peter Fung, medical director of the Stroke Program at both El Camino Hospital campuses. "El Camino Hospital’s designation by Santa Clara County EMS will help ensure that precious time is not lost for stroke patients, and is yet another way that the hospital is providing the community with quality care."
To receive the Stroke Receiving Center designation, El Camino Hospital Los Gatos met more than 15 separate criteria in six different categories, including 24/7 stroke diagnosis and treatment, the presence of clinical performance capabilities consistent with Joint Commission primary stroke centers, internal protocols to assure reliable notification to ambulance drivers and emergency medical technicians who work with the patient before they get to the hospital, and staff and equipment capable of performing rapid evaluation and treatment including timely evaluation of brain imaging, among many others.
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