Carolina Pines honors Darlington County EMS
Timeliness is essential when it comes to caring for a stroke patient. This past year, Carolina Pines began recognizing their staff members by presenting them with a “brain pin” when providing exceptional care to stroke patients. They have now had the opportunity to extend recognition to local EMS members. In January, Darlington County EMS members Ronald and Ethan responded to a 911 call for an individual who they believed was experiencing a stroke. Due to their expert assessment skills, the crew confirmed that this patient was in fact showing stroke-like symptoms. The EMS team called in their assessments to Carolina Pines’ Emergency Department and were instructed to immediately transport the patient to the CT room upon arrival. EMS quickly transitioned care to Carolina Pines’ nursing and medical staff while the patient was in CT. Because of early recognition and treatment, the patient received Alteplase, or tPA, within 45 minutes of arrival to Carolina Pines and experienced a full recovery that might not have been possible otherwise. “Carolina Pines respects and honors our great partnership with local EMS teams, and we look forward to continuing and strengthening that relationship as we work to care for our community and advance our mission of Making Communities Healthier,” says Edie Campbell, RN, Director of Emergency Services. For more information on our Primary Stroke Center designation, visit Carolina Pines Emergency Services. If you or someone you know is experiencing stroke-like symptoms, call 911.