Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center holds the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission as a primary stroke center. This advanced certification means that Lexington Medical Center fulfills all the requirements set forth by The Joint Commission for stroke care plus additional, clinically specific requirements and expectations. The certification is awarded only to centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Certification is based on the evaluation of standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measurement activities.
When a stroke occurs, the faster the patient is treated, the better chance he or she has of recovery with little or no disability. With the addition of the InTouch RP-7 telemedicine robot, Lexington Medical Center's emergency department is equipped with the latest technology in stroke victim care. As part of Wake Forest Baptist Health's Comprehensive Stroke Center's telemedicine network, the robot literally provides patients with direct access to stroke experts 24-hours a day.
Do You Know the Stroke Warning Signs?
If you are over 55, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, smoke or are an African-American, you are at risk for a stroke. Warning signs are:
- Sudden blurred or altered vision
- Weakness (usually one sided)
- Numbness (usually one sided)
- Difficulty speaking or understanding speech
- Dizziness, imbalance