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How We Operate

This is a step-by-step guide to how the MidAmerica Stroke Network operates:

  • A patient presenting with stroke symptoms arrives at a MidAmerica Stroke Network member hospital for treatment.
  • The member hospital’s emergency team performs a complete neurological assessment of the patient and administers the appropriate treatment.
  • The attending physician then determines that the patient requires further neurocritical care and call the MidAmerica Stroke Network hotline to page the SLUCare neuro-specialist on-call for additional medical support.
  • After receiving the page, the SLUCare neuro-specialist consults with the member hospital’s attending physician.
  • Then, the SLUCare neuro-specialist will assess the patient condition and vital signs in order to determine the appropriate treatment for stabilization.
  • If the collaborative medical team determines that the stroke patient’s condition cannot be effectively stabilized on-site at the member hospital, a rapid transport to SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital will be arranged immediately.
  • The stroke patient will promptly receive the necessary medical treatment upon arrival at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.
  • SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital then discharges the stabilized stroke patient back into the care of the member hospital for continued treatment and follow-up care.

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