CFMCH Implements New Stroke Response Protocols 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital 
Thursday, 28 June 2007 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is proud to announce the implementation of a new alert system called Code BRAIN designed to provide quicker response and treatment for stroke patients. Responding quickly and properly when warning signs occur can help minimize irreparable damage to the brain.

Stroke continues to be the third leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, according to the American Stroke Association, someone dies of a stroke every three to four minutes. Quickly recognizing and responding to stroke symptoms is critical. “Time lost is brain lost,” says Jan Terry, Administrative Director of Ancillary Services at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “Every second that your brain is deprived of oxygen increases the likelihood of disability and or death,” adds Terry.

Having access to facilities capable of offering advanced stroke services and providing medications and treatments quickly after stroke symptoms first appear are critical. Embracing faster stroke care continues to be a mission of Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. Collaborating with local Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the Stroke Team at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital has implemented new processes for patients suffering from stroke to receive care that meets the guidelines of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.