Medical Minute – Sponsored by Abilene Regional Medical Center

Welcome to the Medical Minute sponsored by Abilene Regional Medical Center.

Nurses Week May 6 – 12

In 1993, the American Nurses Association declared May 6-12 as the national week to celebrate and elevate the nursing profession.

National Nurses Week is a time for everyone – individuals, employers, other health care professionals, community leaders, and nurses – to recognize the vast contributions and positive impact of America’s 4 million registered nurses. Each year, the celebration ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

Abilene Regional Medical Center will celebrate over 300 nurses with special events throughout the week.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month.

According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is a leading cause of death in the U.S., and the leading cause disability in the United States. This year, a stroke will occur every 40 seconds and will take a life every four hours. Two million brain cells die every minute during stroke, increasing the risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death. Patients who arrive at the emergency room within 3 hours of their first symptoms often have less disability 3 months after a stroke than those who received delayed care.

Face Drooping                                                                                                                       Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven or lopsided?

Arm Weakness                                                                                                                            Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech                                                                                                                                       Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.

Time to Call 9-1-1                                                                                                                        If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately

 About Abilene Regional Medical Center

Abilene Regional Medical Center is a 231 bed, full service, all private room acute care hospital where technology and skilled professionals come together to provide compassionate, customer-focused care.  Key services include an Emergency Department, Accredited Chest Pain Center, Accredited Stroke Center, Women’s Services, Orthopedics, Cardiology, Wound Care, Cardiac Rehab, Wellness Center, robotic assisted surgery and the area’s first accredited Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  With more than 200 physicians and 800 employees, Abilene Regional Medical Center is committed to serving your healthcare needs.  Visit us at for a complete listing of services.