NY hospital to launch mobile stroke units in April

By:Delthia Ricks EMS1

 

Two mobile stroke units will hit the road April 1, and all care administered by their crews, including CT scans and stroke-alleviating medications, will be free to patients.

Stony Brook University Hospital on Monday officially announces the launch of an ambitious program aimed at reducing disability and death in Suffolk County by responding to 9-1-1 calls in special mobile units designed for patients suffering stroke symptoms.

Two mobile stroke units — rolling emergency rooms — will hit the road April 1, and all care administered by their crews, including CT scans and stroke-alleviating medications, will be free to patients. All costs are being absorbed by Stony Brook, mobile unit administrators said.

The program’s aim is to provide emergency care at the site where the stroke occurred — at a patient’s home, workplace or other venue. Each unit costs $1.1 million and will operate seven days a week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., a period when strokes have been estimated to most commonly occur, Stony Brook experts said.

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