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Stroke system saves lives and prevents disabilities in Alabama


The Alabama Department of Public Health says Southeast Alabama is a region with a high incidence of stroke. Since the activation of the pilot stroke emergency care system, more patients have received rapid stoke treatment.

The Southeast Regional Pilot Acute Stroke System is supported by the Alabama Department of Public Health and it serves patients in 18 southeast Alabama counties. It relies on resources and participation of hospitals, emergency medical service personnel and coordination by the Alabama Trauma Communications.

 "We have received overwhelming support from pre hospital and hospital providers in a team effort," Dr. Sarah Nafziger, Assistant State EMS Medical Director, said. "Emergency physicians and neurologists are pleased with the SRPASS system and most importantly the patients are having fantastic outcomes."

In the first six months, there were 1,260 patients entered in SRPASS and nearly 656 of those patients were ultimately admitted to those hospitals. Fifteen hospitals have already joined and three additional hospitals are expected to join the system soon, including L.V. Stabler Hospital in Greenville, Crenshaw County Hospital in Luverne, and Bullock County Hospital in Union Springs.

 "There is nothing more tragic than seeing stroke patients who would have been eligible to receive tPA, but didn't receive treatment simply because they did not get to a hospital with the resources to treat them in time," Dr. Nafziger said. "This pilot system allows each stroke victim an opportunity for the best possible outcome."

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SOURCE: Alabama Department of Public Health

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