Hudson Regional Hospital has been designated a Primary Stroke Center by the New Jersey Department of Health. The designation allows stroke patients in the area more immediate access to emergency care without having to travel further outside their community in the critical minutes after stroke symptoms first appear.
As part of the designation, all Emergency Room practitioners, nurses, and staff receive stroke education on an annual basis.
Hudson Regional Hospital is also educating the public through a community outreach program that includes virtual classes in English and Spanish on identifying common stroke symptoms including the FAST test:
- F – Face: Is one side of the face drooping? Ask the person to smile
- A – Arm: Can they raise their arms? Does one arm drift downward?
- S – Speech: Are they slurring their speech or having difficulty getting the words out right? Have the person repeat a simple phrase
- T – Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately and ask to be taken to the nearest Primary Stroke Center
For more information about Hudson Regional Hospital’s stroke program, call (201) 392-3100 or visit https://www.hudsonregionalhospital.com/services/stroke/.
Please note this article originally appeared on NJ.com on March 2, 2022.