Boulder Community Hospital has an outstanding team of physicians, nurses, rehabilitation specialists and other clinical professionals who work together to provide the best possible care for our stroke patients. Our program has been awarded Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission (the nation’s largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care), in conjunction with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. This certification applies specifically and solely to Boulder Community Hospital (BCH), located at Broadway and Balsam in northwest Boulder.
BCH is one of only five Colorado hospitals north of Denver that have been designated as Primary Stroke Centers. In order to achieve this designation, Boulder Community voluntarily underwent a rigorous on-site review of our stroke program’s clinical practice guidelines and performance measurement activities.
We are also a proud recipient of the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award, a quality improvement program created by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Our stroke program was recognized for implementing specific quality improvement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
Full range of services
The comprehensive stroke program at BCH incorporates the entire continuum of care for stroke patients, from emergency treatment and advanced diagnostic technology to both acute and critical inpatient treatments and extensive rehabilitation services.
Additional vital components of the program include:
- Direct contact with neurologists - all patients arriving at the BCH Emergency Department who show signs or symptoms of stroke will have a consultation with a neurologist without having to wait to be admitted to the hospital.
- Expedited care through life-saving Stroke Alert protocol – BCH utilizes a Stroke Alert system in which in-field paramedics directly alert the BCH stroke care team while en route to the hospital, enabling immediate treatment for the patient upon arrival.
- Easy access to an extensive support network – BCH holds free, monthly support group meetings for stroke patients.
Stroke Treatment at BCH
Many treatments can reverse symptoms or limit the damage caused by stroke if administered within a few hours of the symptoms starting. Faster diagnosis and treatment also mean rehabilitation can be started sooner, which can reduce the severity of stroke-related damage.
With our team approach to stroke treatment, care begins while you are being transported to the hospital by ambulance. The Emergency Department is alerted so that appropriate medical personnel and diagnostic equipment are ready upon your arrival.
Physicians can then quickly determine if you are having an ischemic brain attack. An ischemic brain attack is a stroke resulting from a blocked artery in your brain caused by a clot or by damage from high blood pressure or diabetes. If so, the clot-dissolving drug t-PA can be administered within three hours from the onset of the stroke to help restore blood flow to the brain and improve your overall chance of recovery.
It is likely you will have a CT scan and other tests to confirm the possible diagnosis of the stroke and provide doctors with information about the exact location and type of stroke.
A neurologist, a physician who specializes in treating strokes, will review all your test results, and confer with your personal physician if possible. If you have suffered a cerebral hemorrhage (arteries leading to the brain burst and blood floods the brain tissue) and surgery is needed, a skilled neurosurgeon will be called to provide that care.
During your hospital stay, a neurologist will work with your doctor to direct your care. Our nurses—from the Emergency Department through the Intensive Care Unit and general nursing units—have received extra stroke care education.
After a stroke, many people have some disability. Rehabilitation is an important part of recovery, restoring functions lost from the stroke. Our rehabilitation teams work to retrain and educate you on how to walk, eat, dress, bathe and complete personal care. They also provide help so you can return to work and relearn how to manage your daily activities.
The hospital provides both inpatient and outpatient care, especially important for those who have been partially paralyzed or whose speech or thought processes have been affected by a stroke.
For more information regarding inpatient rehabilitation for stroke, contact us at (303) 440-2250. For more information regarding outpatient rehabilitation, contact us at (303) 441-0493.
Inpatient Rehabilitation Services
Outpatient Rehabilitation Services
Our HomeCare agency provides nursing care, physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy in your home so that you may continue your progress over longer periods of time.
BCH holds free, monthly support group meetings for stroke patients.
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