Did you know that emergency personnel fail to alert hospitals of incoming stroke patients in nearly one-third of cases. Researchers say improved stroke care systems can address geographical and other factors affecting EMS pre-notification. Stroke patients received faster treatment when emergency medical services EMS personnel notify hospitals a possible stroke patient is en route. This information comes from two separate Get With The Guidelines...Stroke program studies published in American Heart Association journals.
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recommends EMS notify hospitals of incoming stroke patients to allow stroke teams to prepare for prompt evaluation and treatment. Quick response is vital for stroke patients, particularly those with ischemic stroke ...when a clot cuts off the blood supply to a portion of the brain. Clot-busting drugs can only be given within a limited time... 3 to 4.5 hours after the onset of symptoms.
Remember these facts: arrival time to hospital and imaging of brain should occur withing 25 minutes or less...Arrival to treatment with the clot busting drug tPA within 60 minutes...sympton onset to tPA treatment times of 120 mimutes or less and more eligible patients treated with tPA.
The Public should be aware of these facts to act fast in an emergency situation with family, friends, or associates.