LA CROSSE, Wis. ― For the second consecutive year, Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse has been awarded the Outcomes-Readmission Rate Award by the Wisconsin Stroke Coalition.
This award is given to hospitals with the lowest stroke readmission rate. Readmissions are defined as any admission to the hospital within 30 days of the initial hospitalization discharge that are either planned, unplanned, or potentially preventable. Hospitals stroke readmission rate was generated from the Wisconsin Department of Health Service's hospital discharge data.
"This achievement reflects the great work accomplished by our multidisciplinary stroke team," says Thomas Halada, R.N., stroke coordinator for Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. "If you or a loved one experience signs of stroke, remember to act 'FAST.'"
Signs of stroke include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or difficulty understanding speech.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or lack of coordination.
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
If you think someone may be having a stroke, act FAST:
- Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
- Time: If you see any of these signs, call 911 right away.
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Press ContactRick Thiesse