Fast Stroke Partnership

The Region’s Top Stroke Experts say Lincoln Hospital First!

How Lincoln Hospital & Sacred Heart Medical Center are again teaming up to save lives in Lincoln County

Beat the clock…Fast Stroke

During a stroke, minutes matter, especially for people in rural areas who are miles from the nearest medical facility. Lost time means lost body function. That’s why Lincoln Hospital has partnered with Life Flight and Sacred Heart Medical Center to give rural patients the best chance to not only survive, but to thrive!

With our FAST Stroke protocol, Lincoln Hospital is prepared to quickly asses the needs, deliver the appropriate medications and transport stroke patients to Sacred Heart Medical Center’s stroke specialty unit. We are working together to ensure rural patients receive the best in stroke treatment.

Fast Stroke Partnership

First Stop: Lincoln Hospital

Fast diagnosis and stabilization is central to treating a stroke. Our highly trained medical team, lead by Board Certified physicians, has streamlined protocols to diagnose stroke symptoms quickly and accurately.

CT images will be taken soon after your arrival and will be digitally transmitted to a radiologist in Spokane for diagnosis. If a bleed is found, our physicians will contact our partners at Sacred Heart and Life Flight to expedite care. If there is a blockage, Lincoln Hospital is ready with IV medications to break up the clot. Through this partnership and protocol, valuable time will be saved — time that could mean quality of life.

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Time flies when you’re having a stroke

As soon as you are diagnosed, Life Flight Critical Care Transport helicopter crews are called into action. Through our cutting edge Tele-ER system, medical teams at Life Flight and Sacred Heart can be in video and voice contact with our ER physicians, and YOU, to expedite your transport and treatment.

No time to wait

Because you chose Lincoln Hospital as your first stop, the following procedures are activated by us and our partners at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Even before you are transported, neurologists at Sacred Heart are consulting with doctors at Lincoln Hospital on your condition. Sacred Heart will be ready for your arrival and will continue with specialized stroke treatment and follow up care.

You are now in the capable hands of the region’s most respected stroke experts. Just has you have been in highly skilled, caring hands since you entered Lincoln Hospital just minutes ago.

Signs of STROKE

Time lost to stroke is brain lost. If you notice one or more of these symptoms, get medical attention FAST!

  • Face: Does the face look uneven? Ask them to smile.
  • Arms: Does one arm drift down? Ask them to raise both arms.
  • Speech: Does their speech sound strange? Ask them to repeat a phrase. Can they do it? Is it slurred?
  • Time: to get help! Call 9-1-1 at any sign of stroke and go to the nearest hospital.
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Why do people ignore the first signs of stroke?

Most people ignore early warning signs like loss of balance, inability to move an arm or loss of speech because there is often no pain involved. Many stroke symptoms do not include pain. Here is a list…

  • Sudden weakness on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing.
  • Sudden trouble walking or loss of balance.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

CALL 9-1-1 and get to Lincoln Hospital at the first sign of a stroke.

This program funded by a grant from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy through the Washington State Department of Health.