2016 stroke informs nurse’s care of patients today

The worst headache of her Sarah Turnbaugh’s life led her to help people navigate back to daily home life post-stroke.

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The U.S. prevalence of stroke increased between 2011 and 2022, according to data published last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   

Sarah Turnbaugh, a registered nurse at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, knows these medical events well. In 2016, she realized that the worst headache of her life turned out to be a sign that she had suffered a stroke. With care, she recovered, and today works with patients at UW Medicine’s Comprehensive Stroke Center. 

She provides resources to help people navigate the transition from hospital care back to home life. 

Access downloadable, broadcast-ready video of Turnbaugh recounting her experience and encouraging people to know the signs of a stroke — and to act on them.

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