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Stroke Outcomes Improved with Ambulance and Emergency Room Treatment

Posted on February 15, 2016 by Disability Help Group

When someone shows signs of a stroke, it’s obviously a medical emergency. Each minute that passes increases the risk of disability and even death. Which is why it’s critical stroke patients get to a hospital as soon as possible. 

New research has found ways to improve care while en route and once inside the emergency room. These efforts may increase survival rates and reduce the risk of long-term disability.

One study focused on reducing the time it took to treat patients in the emergency department with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). This is s clot-busting medication that helps restore a stroke victim’s blood flow. According to national guidelines, treatment should begin within an hour of arriving at the hospital. But for most patients, this doesn’t happen.

Back in 2010, efforts to improve stroke treatment began with a program called Target: Stroke. The rate of patients receiving treatment in an emergency room within an hour increased. Participating hospitals experienced a reduction in death and more patients getting released quicker.

Another study out of Germany analyzed specialized stroke ambulances. These shaved off 25 minutes of time, providing faster treatment with the tPA medication. Despite the success, it’s a huge expense to furnish ambulances with the necessary equipment.

Both studies were published in the same April 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Social Security Disability for Stroke Patients

Stroke complications can vary from one patient to the next. It could impact memory and other cognitive skills. It may prevent someone from talking or swallowing. And it can even result in paralysis.

For some patients, it causes disability and prevents them from working. If this happens, the patient may pursue Social Security disability benefits. To learn more about filing a claim or appealing a denied claim, contact the Disability Help Group today. Call us at 1-(800)-800-3332.