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Impact of Illinois Stroke Legislation

On February 22nd, 2017, Dr. Mark Alberts along with American Heart Association staff Kathleen O’Neill, Renee Sednew, Kathie Thomas and Julie Mirostaw presented an abstract on Illinois Stroke Legislation at the International Stroke Conference in Houston.

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In 2009, Illinois passed stroke legislation that established a Stroke Advisory Subcommittee to advise the State EMS Advisory Council. The legislation also created 11 EMS Regional Stroke Advisory Subcommittees, updated EMS routing protocols, and formally recognized Primary Stroke Centers, Comprehensive Stroke Centers and Emergent Stroke Ready Hospitals. A recent statistical analysis of Illinois Stroke Data proves patient outcomes improved due to the legislation. 

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