Treating an acute stroke does not end once a clot has been dissolved or
a hemorrhage stopped. The care following the emergency intervention is
critical to a patient's recovery. In the hours and days following
the emergency care, the Torrance Memorial Stroke team continues their
multidisciplinary approach to ensure that the brain is given the chance
to recover, that the parts of the brain unaffected by the stroke are not
damaged, and that complications are prevented.
Patients may be sent from the Emergency Department to the Intensive Care
Unit (ICU) or the Progressive Care Unit (PCU) to be closely monitored
and to receive ongoing treatment.
The PCU 6 is a specialized stroke unit at Torrance Memorial. All of the
nurses in the ICU and the PCU 6 have been extensively trained to identify
and care for stroke patients. Called "Nurse Champions" our stroke
nurses work throughout the hospital, and are involved from the moment
the patient arrives in the emergency room, to their care in the ICU and
PCU 6, as well as their follow-up care and rehabilitation.