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Stroke Center Introduction
Stroke is a fast-evolving disease that causes many disabilities and in recent years, stroke has ranked second in the top leading causes of death worldwide. The condition occurs due to a blood clot or ruptured artery or blood vessel interrupts blood flow to an area of the brain. A lack of oxygen and glucose flowing to the brain leads to the death of brain cells and brain damage, often resulting in impairment in speech, movement, and memory. The Stroke Center at Taipei Medical University - Shuang Ho Hospital was established in October of 2009. The purpose is to improve the quality of care and treatment for stroke victims in the districts of Chung-Ho and Yung-Ho. The reasons are explained as follows:
     1. The onset of stroke requires an active and rapid treatment response. Emergency treatment must be carried out
         within three to six hours of the onset of stroke in order to increase the patent’s chances of recovery. The sooner the
         treatment is initiated, the better the prognosis is for the patient. Although the neighboring Taipei City has abundant
         medical resources available to its citizens, the location is too far for citizens living in Chung-Ho and Yung-Ho
         districts. Timing is extremely important for the successful treatment of stroke.
     2. Stroke rehabilitation requires a great deal of time along with family’s support and companionship. Going to
         treatment centers nearby for rehabilitation can save patients and their families a considerable amount of traveling
         time and costs.

The key to a successful rehabilitation treatment of stroke requires a dedicated team of stroke specialists.
     *  Department of Emergency Medicine: Experienced physicians who are available 24 hours a day to examine the
         patients upon arrival to the emergency department. When an acute stroke patient comes to the hospital, the stroke
         team can initiate treatment as soon as possible.
     *  Department of Neurology: Specialists from the Neurology department are on call daily to treat stroke patients.
         When an acute ischemic stroke patient arrives at the hospital, the on call physician will initiate their stroke protocol
         for treatment of the patient. When treatment is necessary, the physician can initiate thrombolytic therapy allowing the
         patient to increase chances of survival and long-term debilitating injury. The neurology department also provides
         medical advice on stroke prevention and patients’ health management.
     *  Department of Neurosurgery: Neurosurgeons and surgical teams are on call 24 hours to provide surgical treatments
         if necessary for stroke victims. The neurosurgery team at Shuang Ho Hospital has extensive experience in
         neurovascular surgery. The neurosurgery team at SHH is well known for their operations on brain aneurysm,
        vascular malformation of the brain, and brain vascular bypass surgery.
     *  Department of Medical Imaging: Provides 24-hour imaging studies to quickly identify the disease. The Department
        of Neuroradiology at the Shuang Ho Hospital can perform leading vascular and interventional treatments
         including cerebral vascular catheterization, cerebrovascular balloon angioplasty, and stent placement, as well as
         cerebral artery catheter thrombolysis therapy.
     *  Department of Rehabilitaiton: The majority of stroke patients, even with succesful treatment, have some form of
         disability due to nerve damage. Rehabilitation is required to improve the condition. The Rehabilitaiton Department at
         the Shuang Ho Hospital provides patients from Chung-Ho and Yung-Ho districts with convenient and
         comprehensive stroke rehabilitation treatments.
     *  Department of Pharmacy:The clinical pharmacists at Shuang Ho Hospital work closely with the medical
         team to provide the highest level of patient safety and best possible outcomes.
Introduction of the Teams Introduction of the Teams(New Windows)
Acute Stroke Treatment Protocols Acute Stroke Treatment Protocols(New Windows)
Protocol for Intravenous Thrombolytic Therapy of Acute Stroke Protocol for Intravenous Thrombolytic Therapy of Acute Stroke(New Windows)
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Caring Protocol after Administering Intravenous Thrombolytic Agents Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Caring Protocol after Administering Intravenous Thrombolytic Agents(New Windows)

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