The Minnesota Department of Health has designated Mayo Clinic Health System’s Albert Lea and Austin hospitals as acute stroke ready facilities, health officials announced.
The designation of the two Mayo hospitals means the state’s public health authorities believe that the hospitals’ emergency departments are able to evaluate, stabilize as well a provide emergency care for patients who suffer stroke symptoms.
Dr. Gisli Haraldsson, Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at Mayo Health Systems in Austin, said they were feeling honored to be recognized by the state health department.
Dr. Haraldsson said in a statement, “This is a big deal because 12,000 people a year in Minnesota will have stroke-like symptoms and they’ll need to be treated.”
Separately, the state health department revealed that state hospitals and surgical centers made nearly 340 medical errors last year, putting patients’ safety at risk. In its annual adverse health events report, the state department also admitted that four deaths were caused by a preventable error, and one was because of a medication mistake.
Stroke symptoms include numbness of face, weakness in arms and speech difficulty. Stroke is the fifth biggest cause of death in Minnesota with 2,100 stroke-related deaths occurring each year.