As a Primary Stroke Care Center, EMMC offers the following treatment protocols based on national best practices:
  • We have an acute stroke team available around the clock that begins an evaluation within 15 minutes for any patient exhibiting stroke symptoms.
  • Our highly trained Emergency Department staff members are experienced in diagnosing and treating strokes, and are able to maintain constant communication with emergency medical responders and the stroke team.
  • We offer tissue plasminogen activator (tPA, also known as IV rtPA, given through an IV in the arm) within 60 minutes of arrival to the Emergency Department for those patients who qualify. tPA is the only FDA approved treatment for ischemic strokes. tPA works by dissolving the clot and improving blood flow to the part of the brain being deprived of blood flow. If administered within 3 hours (and up to 4.5 hours in certain eligible patients), tPA may improve the chances of recovering from a stroke. A significant number of stroke victims don’t get to the hospital in time for tPA treatment; this is why it’s so important to identify a stroke immediately.
  • EMMC has written protocols and a physician order entry system to streamline and accelerate the diagnosis and treatment of stroke.
  • EMMC has partnerships and collaborations with the region's emergency medical responders and LifeFlight of Maine to ensure that we know when a patient with a stroke is being transported to EMMC for rapid assessment.
  • We offer neuro-imaging services 24 hours per day to rapidly determine if a patient has a clot blocking blood flow to the brain or a blood vessel that has ruptured. Imaging studies are performed within 25 minutes of a physician's order, and physicians evaluate the images within 15 minutes of image completion.
  • EMMC has laboratory services available 24 hours a day
  • We have quality improvement protocols, including a registry for tracking patient treatments, timelines of treatments, and measures of patient outcomes.
  • EMMC offers continuing education for our staff in the Emergency Department and the Stroke Center.
  • We offer community education to teach individuals how to prevent a stroke and to recognize its signs and symptoms.