Brain Series – Subarachnoid Hemorrhage | OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center

Brain Series – Subarachnoid Hemorrhage | OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center


So a Subarachnoid Hemorrhage is a type of
bleed in the brain that is usually related with a ruptured brain aneurysm. And a brain aneurysm is, essentially, a bulge
on the side of a blood vessel. So if you think about your tire, when you
get that welt on the side of the tire, your mechanic is going to tell you, you really
need to replace that tire. There is no way to fix it. So as that bulge develops and grows, there’s
a risk that it can rupture and bleed. These are usually located in the major vessels
of the brain right near the base of the brain. Subarachnoid Hemorrhage is unfortunately a
very devastating disease. Up to a third of patients unfortunately never
even make it to the hospital. And of the two-thirds that do make it, up
to a third are not able to leave the hospital. The first step in the treatment of Subarachnoid
Hemorrhage is to shut down that aneurysm and prevent a re-bleed, which is usually fatal. And we do that very efficiently here at OSF
by going in through the leg and coming up inside the body and going into the aneurysm
itself and shutting it down from the inside. But as important as the initial treatment
is, is the post-op care, which really will make a difference between a person surviving
and doing well versus a person unfortunately not doing well. And that has to happen in a dedicated neural
ICU–and what I mean by neural ICU is an ICU that is staffed by nurses that have been trained
in the neural-critical care emergencies as well as physicians that have had fellowship
training in neural-critical care. There are independent studies that show that
people’s outcomes are better at institutions
that have those facilities in place, and as far I know, we
are the only institution in Rockford that has a dedicated neural ICU with fellowship-trained
neural-critical care physicians. That’s why I would recommend anyone with a
Subarachnoid Hemorrhage to come to OSF,
for that reason.

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