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Study shows citywide policy may help stroke patients recover

by Anne S. on Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Alex wanted to make sure you saw this article on the importance of having a stroke system of care from the Chicago Sun-Times:

A citywide policy enacted in 2011 — involving Chicago ambulance crews taking suspected stroke patients directly to accredited hospitals with accredited stroke centers — was associated with increased usage of a therapy that can reverse the effects of a stroke if received in time, according to a study published in the journal JAMA Neurology on Monday.

Before the change, rates of stroke patients getting what’s known as intravenous tPa was 3.8 percent of all patients. After, it improved to 10.1 percent.

Intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPa) is used to restore blood flow through blocked arteries that occurs when someone has an acute ischemic stroke. But it needs to be administered within 4.5 hours of the time a stroke happens in order to be effective.  Click here.

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  • This article should be a great example for the Chcago suburbs as well! We learned how fortunate we were after my stay at Advocate Condell they were a Stroke Certified hospital. All cities and ambulance crews should be made aware of the locations that can give the best care possible!

    — Kirk D.

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