SLUCare's Souers Stroke Institute offers comprehensive stroke rehabilitation services, as well as evaluations and stroke prevention recommendations for people with risk factors such as a previous transient ischemic attack (TIA). (Evaluate your stroke risk.)
Our care for patients with acute stroke begins in the emergency room, where our staff has developed specific protocols to identify the best medication or surgical intervention possible.
The SLUCare Code Stroke Team is a multidisciplinary group of physicians who are experts in the critical care of strokes, stroke neurology and stroke rehabilitation. They are supported by medical and surgical teams of cardiologists, neurosurgeons, vascular surgeons, neuroradiologists, emergency medical specialists, nurse specialists and technicians.
During the first critical hours after a stroke, patients may undergo continuous monitoring of their brain, heart and blood movement. SLUCare's team of experts then develop the most appropriate method of treatment, using critical information gathered from state-of-the-art neuroimaging equipment such as MRI, MRA, TCD and angiography. A patient's heart is also thoroughly evaluated with tools such as transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE).
Our highly-trained neurologists are available around the clock to help develop and implement this treatment program, including a neurointensivist (a doctor who treats critical nervous system problems). Once a patient's condition stabilizes, the stroke team meets daily for further evaluation, while nurse specialists trained in stroke management continue to assist the patient and their loved ones.
After discharge, patients are seen at the Stroke Outpatient Clinic, where the SLUCare stroke team works closely with the person's referring physicians to ensure continued recovery.
Depending on the needs of each patient, physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as vocational and family counseling services, are available.