Change to stroke emergency protocols could save lives

From the Post:

…the state’s system for caring for stroke patients often means valuable time is lost in getting the right patients to the right doctors. Currently, if a patient has a stroke and calls 911, paramedics might take the patient to the nearest emergency room or to a stroke center that isn’t equipped to perform the newer surgical procedures.

Patients suffering some strokes due to blockages in arteries or other large blood vessels in the brain, though, would benefit most from being taken directly to a hospital designated as a “comprehensive stroke center,” said Dr. Don Frei, a stroke specialist at Swedish Medical Center.

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