HCA Florida Bayonet Point Hospital in Hudson performed its 500th thrombectomy, according to a news release.
The National Institute of Health defines a thrombectomy as “a mechanical interventional procedure by which a blood clot or thrombus is removed under image guidance using endovascular devices. Thrombectomy is most commonly used in acute cerebral ischemic stroke, although it is also a procedure used for clot removal in acute myocardial infarction and pulmonary embolism. Mechanical thrombectomy utilizes various techniques. Most commonly, it uses different catheter-based therapies, including stent-retrieval, direct aspiration or a combination of both.”
In layman’s terms: It is the removal of a blood clot that is restricting blood flow to a portion of the brain, and that’s where Bayonet Point Hospital’s Neuro-Interventional Services team comes in, the release said.
The hospital team expects the need to grow as a thrombectomy becomes the standard treatment for strokes.
Bayonet Point is a Comprehensive Stroke Center accredited by DNV since June 2018. The hospital has achieved the highest DNV stroke certification due to its ability to diagnose, treat and care for emergent stroke patients.