Legislation has been introduced in your state that would establish or improve a statewide stroke system of care. This system is designed to decrease the time it takes to diagnose a stroke patient and transport him or her to an appropriate healthcare facility for treatment. It can save lives and reduce the impact of stroke on residents of your state. A stroke system of care has many elements, including:
- Classifying and recognizing healthcare facilities that have additional training and knowledge about stroke so that emergency medical personnel can transport stroke patients to these facilities when possible;
- Establishing a system for measuring, reporting and monitoring stroke care performance through data collection and the creation of a stroke database, or registry, to help facilities improve stroke care in the future; and
- Educating emergency medical personnel about stroke so patients can be diagnosed more quickly and transported to an appropriate healthcare facility.
How could this improve the lives of stroke patients and survivors? Every minute counts when someone is having a stroke. With early diagnosis and timely treatment, the prognosis and recovery rate from a stroke is vastly improved. Thus, getting a patient to a facility trained to handle stroke can mean the difference between life and death, and it can also help minimize the challenges survivors face after a stroke.
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