Minutes Matter When Treating a Stroke Patient

September 15, 2011

When Grosse Ile resident Wilfred Lorenz suffered a stroke at church, mere minutes made the difference in his recovery. Thanks to the swift actions of his wife, the Grosse Ile Fire Department and the expert team of doctors at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital's Emergency Department, Lorenz recovered with no weakness and very little loss of speech, two common and debilitating side effects of strokes.

"Every stroke must be treated as a life-threatening emergency," says Dr. Thomas McKeown, medical director of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Stroke Unit at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. "That is why it is so important to get immediate emergency medical care."

Quick assessment, expert care

In collaboration with Henry Ford Hospital, the Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital emergency team offers quick assessments and state-of-the-art treatments for stroke patients. In fact, the hospital has one of the state's fastest treatment record times for stroke patients - an average of less than 90 minutes.

"As soon as a stroke patient enters our emergency room, the team is ready to take action," says Dr. Cassius Drake, medical director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Henry Ford Health Center - Brownstown. "We work as a team with on-staff emergency physicians and radiologists and the on-call neurologist to evaluate, diagnose and administer TPA to the patient within the treatment window." TPA is a clot busting drug designed to stop a stroke. After a stroke, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital's experts help patients recover. The Inpatient Rehabilitation Program has won a prestigious certification for designation as a Stroke Specialty Program. Its services focus on:

  • Preventing recurrent strokes and complications
  • Minimizing impairment from stroke
  • Reducing activity limitations
  • Improving each patient's quality of life