SLUCare's Souers Stroke Institute offers comprehensive stroke rehabilitation services, evaluations and stroke prevention recommendations for people with risk factors, such as a previous transient ischemic attack (TIA).
Care for patients with acute stroke begins in the emergency room, where our staff uses protocols to identify the best medication or surgical intervention for a patient's needs. SLUCare Code Stroke Team physicians are experts in critical care for strokes, stroke neurology and stroke rehabilitation. The team includes:
Stroke patients outside the St. Louis area have access to this care team as well, through hospitals in the MidAmerica Stroke Network . Physicians in network hospitals use technology to share images and information with our expert team to determine the best course of treatment for the patient or to arrange for transport to a hospital offering more advanced care.
During the first critical hours after a stroke, patients may undergo continuous monitoring of the brain, heart and blood movement. SLUCare physicians collect this information using state-of-the-art neuroimaging equipment, such as MRI, MRA, TCD and angiography. A patient's heart is evaluated with tools such as transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE).
Our highly-trained neurologists, including a neurointensivist (a doctor who treats critical nervous system problems), are available around the clock to develop and implement a treatment program based on an individual patient's needs. Once a patient's condition stabilizes, the stroke team meets daily for further evaluation, while nurse specialists trained in stroke management continue to assist the patient and their loved ones.
After discharge, patients are seen at the Stroke Outpatient Clinic, where the SLUCare stroke team works closely with referring physicians to ensure continued recovery.
Depending on the needs of each patient, physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as vocational and family counseling services, are available.