An interview with Ramandeep Sahni, MD, Stroke Director, Phelps Hospital
A stroke is a catastrophic brain injury that damages blood flow to the brain, depriving brain tissue of essential nutrients. Because a person loses 1.9 million brain cells per minute, quickly restoring normal blood flow makes survival more likely and minimizes disability. Phelps is a New York State Department of Health-Designated Stroke Center, meeting strict requirements for delivering today’s most advanced stroke care. Phelps goes further – beating these time targets for emergency imaging and diagnosis, while providing fast cutting-edge treatment.
What is a Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center and what lifesaving advantage does this let Phelps offer Westchester patients?
Phelps has the superior technology and expertise to perform a minimally invasive thrombectomy procedure to remove a blood clot from brain vessels. Together with clot-busting intravenous medication, it gives eligible patients their best chance of survival with little or no disability. Our certification by The Joint Commission as an Advanced Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center, providing endovascular procedures and post-procedural care sets Phelps apart from nearly all regional stroke centers.
How does Phelps deliver faster emergency stroke treatment?
Phelps aims to treat eligible stroke patients with clot-busting medication within 30 minutes of arrival—a speed unmatched in Westchester. This drug, together with the thrombectomy procedure gives stroke patients their best shot, so patients don’t lose precious time travelling out of the area for the highest-level care. It’s right here. Phelps Hospital, a part of Northwell Health, brings the high standards of this nationally recognized health system to then community.
How does Phelps Hospital’s connection to Northwell Health ensure stroke patients even more advanced care?
While most stroke patients brought to Phelps can be treated here, a tiny fraction of hemorrhagic stroke patients are seamlessly transferred to Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, also part of Northwell Health, for advanced critical care. Stroke experts at Northwell’s Westchester regional neurosciences program, which includes Phelps and Northern Westchester Hospital, collaborate on care that continuously meet the highest standards set in the region by Northwell Health.
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