Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Study shows Chicago policy may help stroke patients

You've seen postings before about using accredited stroke centers when possible. Now, a recent study shows a link to those centers and better treatment. You can follow this link and read about how a study shows citywide policy may help stroke patients recover:
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 [tissue plasminogen activator] was 3.8 percent of all patients. After, it improved to 10.1 percent.


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