The Joint Commission

Time is brain. That’s why Willis-Knighton offers best practice protocols for treatment of stroke. The health system’s accredited center of excellent for stroke at WK Pierremont Health Center has developed methods used at all WK hospitals for identifying stroke symptoms and implement prompt treatment. Quick treatment can result in quicker recovery and better functional results.

Willis-Knighton also supports public education of the FAST acronym. This acronym can help the public recognize symptoms of stroke and get to an emergency room quickly.

F   FACE drooping

A  ARM weakness

S  SPEECH difficult or hard to understand

T  TIME to call 9-1-1?

If a stroke is suspected, someone should call 9-1-1 immediately because they can get there quickly and immediately analyze and report to the emergency department, providing critical time and support. A person with these symptoms should never drive or be driven to the emergency room by a friend or family member.