TMC Bonham is a Level III Stroke Certified location by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Currently all the Emergency Department Physicians and nurses are receiving stroke specific training and care as defined by the Texas Stroke Institute (TSI) and the American Stroke Association.
Stroke is an emergency and every minute counts. When you arrive at the emergency department at TMC Bonham, you can expect:
- CT scans available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Emergency physicians and radiologists working together when reviewing the CT results
- Laboratory staffed and equipped 24 hours a day, seven days a week to draw and result blood work for stroke care
- On-site pharmacy has the required FDA approved “Clot-Busting” medications if deemed appropriate for the stroke type
TMC Bonham Hospital has transfer agreements in place with primary and comprehensive hospitals when other interventions are needed.
Stroke – Learn to BE FAST
If you think someone near you is having a stroke, every second counts. Know the warning signs, identify stoke and CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY. Use the acronym BE FAST to quickly identify possible strokes:
B – BALANCE: Is there a loss of balance or coordination?
E – EYES: Is there blurred or double vision or a sudden loss of vision?
F – FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A – ARMS: Ask the person to hold up both arms. Does one drift downward?
S – SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “Do you know what time it is?” Are the words slurred? Does the person repeat the phrase correctly?
T – TIME: If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important. Call 9-1-1 immediately.
Learn as many stroke symptoms as possible so you can recognize stroke as FAST as possible.
Symptoms of a possible stroke include:
SUDDEN numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
SUDDEN confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause.
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you have any of these symptoms
Note the time you experienced your first symptom. This information is important to your healthcare provider and can affect treatment decisions.