Wisconsin Coverdell Stroke Program: BE FAST
Can you recognize the signs of a stroke? BE FAST Bella is here to help.
The Wisconsin Coverdell Stroke Program created BE FAST Bella as a way to promote stroke awareness within communities. Materials listed below show Bella with multiple signs of a stroke. Not only does the phrase “BE FAST” describe the six common signs of stroke, but also teaches people to act quickly and call 911 if they see these signs in themselves or others. The BE FAST Bella materials are available as helpful tools to use for community education. Quick stroke recognition is the first step in ensuring timely medical attention for stroke.
Community Stroke Education Materials
These BE FAST Bella materials can help with recognizing the signs of stroke. The Wisconsin Coverdell Stroke Program encourages hospitals, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers, and other patient care areas to promote BE FAST Bella. All items are available for downloading and printing, and you are welcome to add your organization’s logo prior to use.
Coverdell Success Stories
The Wisconsin Coverdell Stroke Program highlights stroke care success stories throughout the state.
Ascension All Saints Hospital in Racine, Wisconsin, has worked to coordinate stroke care from EMS response throughout the hospital.
Moundview Memorial Hospital in Friendship, Wisconsin, analyzed stroke data to determine what improvements to make.
ProHealth Care hospitals in Oconomowoc and Waukesha, Wisconsin, have developed standard processes across the stroke care journey.
Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, Wisconsin, uses advanced notification procedures where EMS alerts the hospital when a stroke is suspected, allowing the hospital to assemble the stroke team before the patient arrives.
Beloit Memorial (PDF)
Beloit Memorial Hospital in Beloit, Wisconsin, has standardized their processes across the stroke care continuum, provides education to all staff involved in treating stroke patients, and utilizes virtual consults with neurologists via a telestroke network.
Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin, instituted a new procedure which transfers stable stroke patients from the emergency department directly to the Neuroscience unit to allow one provider and nursing team to deliver care throughout a patient's stay.
Stroke Survivor Stories
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and in Wisconsin. It can happen to anyone at any time. Go to The Many Faces of Stroke page to learn more from stroke survivors, including how to know if you are at risk for a stroke.
Jessica Link, Coverdell Program Director