CHI Health Immanuel Receives Thrombectomy Capable Certification
July 10, 2018
If you experience any of the symptoms of a stroke – facial drooping, arm weakness or speech difficulties, you’ll want to call 9-1-1 and have medics take you to the hospital that’s best-prepared to save your life.
CHI Health Immanuel’s Neurological Institute is only the fourth program in the country to receive a new advanced stroke certification for a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center. Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
Thrombectomies are considered a big game-changer in stroke care. A specially-trained neurologist threads a catheter through an artery in the patient’s groin to the blocked artery in the brain. A device at the end of the catheter attaches to the clot; the neurologist removes the trapped clot and blood flow to the brain resumes. Brain cells no longer are deprived of oxygen.
The neurologist saves the patient from a debilitating – often deadly – “brain attack.”
CHI Health’s Interventional Neurologist Vishal Jani, MBBS is the first neurologist in the state to perform the important emergency procedure.
In order to get the special certification, the Immanuel Neurological Institute had to meet rigorous standards set by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.