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Spot a StrokeThe stroke team at CHI St. Alexius Health offers expert emergency stroke care and is trained to stop – or even reverse – the effects of stroke. Stroke is a major cause of disability and is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. alone. A stroke is a "brain attack" that is classified as a medical emergency.

CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck is a Designated North Dakota Primary Stroke Center. Time is Brain when treating stroke. That is why CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck has the providers and technology to best treat stroke patients across the region.

Stroke care begins the minute you call 911. When the medic team arrives, they will immediately begin monitoring the patient and notify CHI St. Alexius Health’s Code Stroke Team to begin preparations. Emergency physicians, registered nurses and other team members are ready around the clock to provide lifesaving measures for people who are having a stroke. By achieving high standards, we’re able to improve outcomes for our patients.

Telestroke MachineCHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck was the first hospital in the region capable of providing clot removal procedures for stroke patients using a procedure called Thrombectomy. Interventional radiologists have up to 6 hours to perform Thrombectomy on a stroke patient to remove a blood clot under image-guided techniques. CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck is the only hospital in the state to offer the most advanced brain imaging software platform, iSchemaView’s RAPID™, giving stroke patients an expanded treatment window up to 24 hours.

The stroke team in Bismarck currently uses telestroke services 24/7 for any patient presenting with acute stroke symptoms. The physicians arrive on screen within 10 minutes of notification. They are able to perform a full assessment and patient interview using In Touch technology. They can also communicate with the emergency team on screen. They have access to electronic medical records and all CT scans to make quick decisions. Use of telestroke services helps quickly treat and manage stroke for the best patient outcomes.

CHI St. Alexius Health recognizes the importance of quick responding stroke care in rural settings.

All six of its critical access hospitals are designated by the State of North Dakota Department of Health as Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals. As such, each of these hospitals are trained to provide emergent care and therapies to acute stroke patients. The Acute Stroke Team at each hospital performs initial diagnostic services, stabilization and arrangement for transfer to a primary or comprehensive stroke center.

CHI St. Alexius Health Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals

  • CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Medical Center
  • CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Hospital
  • CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson Medical Center
  • CHI St. Alexius Health Garrison Hospital
  • CHI St. Alexius Health Turtle Lake Hospital
  • CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical Center

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