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A Team Approach

Every minute counts when responding to a stroke. Physicians and staff from many departments have worked together to streamline care. A team approach between EMS, Emergency Department nurses, CT technicians, pharmacists, and physicians working with Munson neurologists continues to serve stroke patients well.

Emergency Stroke Care: INSTINCT Trial

Munson Medical Center has been recognized for outstanding achievements in emergency stroke care. Munson was one of 22 randomly selected Michigan hospitals to participate in the INSTINCT (Increasing Stroke Treatment through Interventional Change Tactics) study. The four-year study, supported by the National Institutes of Health, was a clinical trial testing methods to improve stroke treatment.
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  • A key part of the trial was use of intravenous tPA, a clot-busting medication approved by the FDA in 1996 to reverse the effects of acute ischemic stroke.
  • Munson was recognized for best data performance and received an honorable mention for fastest stroke tPA treatment time.
  • The goal is for patients to receive the medication within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital.
  • Patients who qualify for a tPA treatment must receive the medication within three hours of the stroke.

Advancing Stroke Care

Munson has been recognized by the Michigan Stroke Registry Quality Improvement Program for its efforts on stroke care, and is one of 35 hospitals involved with the Michigan Ongoing Stroke Registry to Accelerate the Improvement in Care (MOSAIC). Read more.