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The Warning Signs of a Stroke

Learning to recognize the warning signs of a stroke is important because early detection can allow you to get emergency medical help promptly. Swift treatment can reduce the damage to the brain and lower the risk of severe, permanent complications. If you notice any of the following warning signs in yourself or in someone near you, call for emergency medical help.

Warning Sign

Movement

The exact symptoms of a stroke can vary, depending on which part of the brain experiences a loss of blood flow. In general, however, you can expect the symptoms to occur suddenly. For example, you might experience sudden impairment of your movement. You may have trouble walking due to loss of balance or coordination, or sudden dizziness may make you fall down. Any of these symptoms indicate a need for an emergency visit to a hospital.

Vision

A stroke can also interfere with your ability to see. You might experience vision loss in either of your eyes or in both of them. Your vision might suddenly appear blurry or blackened. Some victims of a stroke also report having double vision.

Speech

Difficulty with speech is a common sign of a stroke. You might notice that your words are becoming slurred, or you might know what you’re trying to say, yet experience great difficulty saying it. It’s also possible to have trouble understanding what others are saying to you.

Sensation

This type of medical emergency often involves weakness on one side of your body. For example, the left side of your face, and your left arm and leg may suddenly feel weak and numb. You may develop paralysis. If you try to raise your arms and one of them falls, you could be experiencing a stroke.

It’s critical to get emergency medical aid if you notice any of the possible signs of a stroke. At the emergency department of West Palm Hospital, our highly trained doctors will promptly administer diagnostic tests and life-saving treatments to help you recover as quickly as possible. For more information about our hospital, call (561) 842-6141 or visit us on the Web.


West Palm Hospital Included on The Joint Commission's Top Performers List

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West Palm Hospital was listed as a Top Performer by The Joint Commission. HCA announced that 80 percent of its hospitals made the list.

“This distinction by The Joint Commission is significant because the measures they use to determine Top Performers are based on scientific evidence about practices that lead to better patient outcomes,” said Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, HCA’s Chief Medical Officer and President of the Company’s Clinical and Physician Services Group. “We are pleased that 80 percent of our hospitals have been recognized for their clinical excellence and are listed among the top U.S. hospitals.”

Hospitals on The Joint Commission’s list met the following criteria: First, each hospital achieved performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability data for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, each hospital also met a 95 percent performance threshold for every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients.

To view the full list of Top Performers, click here, and for more information about West Palm Hospital, visit our website.


Keeping Your Child Out of the Emergency Room This Halloween

Most kids love Halloween because of the fun costumes they can wear and the loads of candy they’ll receive. Unfortunately, children are more likely to suffer an accident and visit the ER on Halloween than at other times of the year. You can help your child stay safe and avoid a trip to the emergency department by following a few Halloween safety guidelines.

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Choose a Safe Costume

Before purchasing a costume for your child, make sure it is made out of fire-resistant material. It shouldn’t drag on the ground because your child could trip on it and fall. Encourage your little one to select a costume that features light colors. It’s also a good idea to apply reflective stickers or tape to the costume to make your child more visible to drivers on a dark street. If your child wants to be a pirate or a princess this Halloween, make sure the sword or wand is made from flexible material that won’t injure him or her in the event of a fall. You should also provide your child with a glow stick or flashlight.

Be Careful with Makeup

Sometimes, kids end up in the emergency department because of problems with Halloween makeup. Choose non-toxic makeup and test it on a small area of your child’s skin to ensure it doesn’t cause a reaction. Help your child remove all of the makeup before bedtime to prevent it from getting in your child’s eyes.

Supervise Young Kids

Always go out trick-or-treating with a young child. Remind him or her to hold your hand and look both ways before crossing a road. If your child is mature enough and doesn’t need adult supervision, make sure he or she goes out with a group of friends and doesn’t walk around alone at night.

If your child does suffer a medical emergency this Halloween, the emergency department doctors of West Palm Hospital are ready to help. You can visit us 24 hours per day, seven days per week for all of your emergency medical needs. To learn more about our emergency department services, call us today at (561) 842-6141.


Spotlight On Emergency Care at West Palm Hospital

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West Palm Hospital is proud to announce that our recent multimillion dollar renovations will significantly improve patient care at our emergency department. Our expansion project includes an enlargement of the emergency room itself as well as increased efficiency to reduce waiting times and administer patient care as soon as possible. We have also improved the comfort of our waiting area for family members.

Our emergency department is always fully staffed with specially trained doctors, nurses, and technicians. We operate the latest in life support technology, including modern technology to improve our documentation procedures and triage process. Our primary stroke center has been certified by The Joint Commission, an independent accreditation organization.

For all of your emergency medical needs, visit the ER at West Palm Hospital. We are open 24 hours a day, seven days per week. We invite area residents to learn more about our state-of-the-art hospital by calling (561) 842-6141 today.


Signs of a Stroke

A stroke is a life-threatening medical condition that requires immediate medical care. If you or someone near you experiences the symptoms of a stroke, call for emergency medical assistance right away. The classic signs of a stroke include weakness or the loss of sensation on one side of the body. For example, the left or right leg might give way. Other indicators of a stroke include difficulty with speech and dizziness.

You can hear the stories of stroke survivors and learn more about additional symptoms of a stroke by watching this video. The expert in this video also emphasizes the importance of seeking help immediately.

If you or a loved one suffers a stroke, the doctors of the emergency department at West Palm Hospital are prepared to act immediately to administer treatments. If you have any questions about our hospital, call us today at (561) 842-6141.


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