When every second counts!
Union Hospital is a designated Primary Stroke Center, a designation given by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). We are among 35 Maryland hospitals to receive this designation. This designation demonstrates our commitment to meet the emergent needs of stroke patients through high-quality care and clinical excellence delivered by a comprehensive team of health care providers.
The Hospital earned MIEMMS recognition by demonstrating through an extensive application process and on-site visit that we have measures in place that allow for a more streamlined approach to caring for stroke patients. We have a multidisciplinary Stroke Team including, the emergency department, imaging, information services, laboratory, nursing, and pharmacy who follow best practice guidelines, which ensure consistency, quality, and efficiency for all of our patients.
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and the #1 cause of adult disability.
Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease. A stroke can also be called a “brain attack,” because when a blood clot blocks an artery (a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body) or a blood vessel (a tube through which the blood moves through the body) breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When either of these things happens, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs.
When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost. These abilities include speech, movement, memory and some vision. How a stroke patient is affected depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged.