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Mobile stroke unit acts as high-tech ambulance

May 10, 2019 08:40 PM

About 2 million brain cells die each minute during a stroke - so quick treatment is critical.

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Now, when a high-tech stroke ambulance arrives on the scene, stroke victims are diagnosed and treated faster.

A mobile stroke unit is a stroke emergency room on wheels.

It's equipped with a specially trained medical team, a CT scan for instant brain images and a video conference system, allowing doctors to evaluate a patient in real time.

People treated on the mobile stroke unit receive medicine to stop their stroke more than thirty minutes earlier than people treated in the emergency department.

That means less damage to the brain and less chance of disability.

Mobile stroke units provide the opportunity to give clot busting medicine to stop a stroke caused by a blockage.

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Aidan Bean

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