A Stroke System of Care is close to being a reality in the Commonwealth!
hero_image_alt_text===What to do when a stroke is happening.
There is a saying within the stroke community that “time is brain.”
The typical patient loses 1.9M neurons each minute in which stroke goes untreated. Thus, it is vitally important when a stroke is experienced, that it is recognized quickly, and that emergency medical services (EMS) personnel get the patient to the most appropriate facility, where they can offer the best possible outcome.
You know that in Massachusetts that stroke is the leading cause of disability and the 5th leading cause of death. Now, thanks to the efforts of countless advocates and volunteers, we are one step away from having a formal system of stroke care. Both the House and the Senate included identical language to create a tiered system of care, establishes EMS protocols and collects critical data to ensure quality. It is part of a larger health care bill that still needs to be worked out between the two branches but it should head to the Governor's desk by the end of the month.
This is a HUGE step to ensuring that our state offers the most appropriate level of care for anyone who suffers a stroke to provide patients with the best possible outcome.