Here is a great Healthcare Tip that could save lives. Pass this blog post along to ten people and you stand a chance of saving at least one life. How do stroke avoidance strategies affect revenue cycle management or hospital financial activities? Take a look around at your colleagues, one of them could be the next victim of a stroke. Your actions in the workplace could be the pivotal point in avoiding the damaging effects of a stroke for one of your co-workers.

STROKE IDENTIFICATION:
During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) …..she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Jane’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – (at 6:00 pm Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

Neurologist typically support the theory if you can seek medical attention for a stroke victim within 3 hours of the event, they can totally reverse the effects of a stroke. The key is diagnosing the stroke and rushing them to a hospital.

RECOGNIZING A STROKE:
Remember the ‘3’ steps, “S” “T” “R”. Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S = Ask the individual to SMILE.
T = Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently i.e. It is sunny out today.)
R = Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. The medical community has added one new identifying sign of a stroke; Stick out Your Tongue! If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

Those of us who work in Healthcare finance, hospital revenue cycle management and patient access must support proactive actions to protect our own health and the health of our colleagues.

Thank you for reading my blog post. Take a look at this white paper which focuses on the proactive actions those in revenue cycle management can take to improve the health of their fiscal operations. Learn about the latest Hospital Revenue Cycle Risk Mitigation Strategies

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