Minutes Matter, B.E. F.A.S.T.
If you have a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.
If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and note the time when symptoms first appeared. Do not drive yourself or wait for a ride from a friend or family member.
Designated MemorialCare Stroke Receiving Center
For emergent stroke transfers from other facilities, please call our 24/7 Stroke Transfer line at (562) 480-3487.
Long Beach Medical Center is only the third hospital in Los Angeles County to be a Joint Commission Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. With this certification, Long Beach Medical Center joins an elite group of health care organizations focused on highly specialized stroke care. To be eligible, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with stroke-related standards as a Primary Stroke Center and meet additional requirements, including those related to advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments and providing staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.
Long Beach Medical Center is a dedicated Stroke Receiving Center for Los Angeles County – providing patients with advanced treatment options and a highly trained stroke team is on-hand 24/7, making fast response times and positive outcomes a reality.
Long Beach Medical Center provides the most advanced stroke care through well-developed teams of physicians, nurses, technicians, and ancillary teams to provide the highest level of care. Multi-disciplinary care by neurologists, neurosurgeons, interventional neuroradiologists and diagnostic neuroradiologist, in coordination with Emergency Department and critical care teams, provide expedited and comprehensive care to attain the best possible outcomes for stroke patients.
The MemorialCare Neuroscience Institute at Long Beach Medical Center is home to certified neuroscience registered nurses (CNRN) who have demonstrated their dedication to professional development by passing the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing CNRN® certification exam.
CNRNs have made a commitment to lifelong learning and to providing the latest, most effective patient care and safety to the patients in the neuro/stroke programs at Long Beach Medical Center – making the neuroscience department one of the area's best.
In addition, unique and highly trained specialized stroke nurses respond to patients presenting with signs and symptoms of stroke to provide rapid measures to minimize neurologic injury and help achieve the best possible outcome.
The neuroscience/stroke care team focuses on education of nurses, patients and the community, reviews comprehensive quality measures, coordinates care with transferring hospitals, coordination of care after patient discharge, and participation in clinical research.
Many clinical advances and community education initiatives are possible, thanks to support of individuals, corporations and foundations that make philanthropic gifts to Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children's & Women’s Hospital Long Beach through the Memorial Medical Center Foundation. To learn more about philanthropic opportunities, visit the Memorial Medical Center Foundation.
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More than 700,000 Americans will suffer a stroke—or “brain attack”—this year. Of this number, 200,000 will be recurrent strokes. A stroke can injure the brain like a heart attack can injure the heart. A stroke occurs when an area of the brain doesn't get the blood it needs.
Every minute counts for stroke patients and knowing how to B.E. F.A.S.T. can lead patients to the stroke treatments they desperately need. Potentially life-saving medication can be administered within three hours of the sudden symptom onset to reverse stroke.
Cerebral Angiography is a minimally invasive medical test that uses x-rays and an iodine-containing contrast material to produce pictures of blood vessels in the brain. Cerebral angiography may also be called intra-arterial digital subtraction angiography (IADSA).
Neurodiagnostics analyzes and monitors nervous system function to promote the effective treatment of neurological diseases and conditions. Technologists record electrical activity arising from the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves using a variety of techniques and instruments.
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The Comprehensive Stroke Center also has the Division of Neuroradiology (DINR) in partnership with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), making it one of California’s most comprehensive centers for the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of the central nervous system and peripheral vascular malformations.
Stroke Program Outcomes at Long Beach Medical Center and Saddleback Medical Center.
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