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 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.
In 2013, 1,348 CT residents died from stroke, and annually 60,700 have been told that they had a stroke. Now, thanks to the efforts of countless advocates and volunteers, CT has a formal system of stroke care. The bill passed during the final days of the 2017 legislative session, and was signed into law on June 30th!
The law designates participating hospitals as one of three types of stroke facilities - Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals, Primary Stroke Centers, or Comprehensive Stroke Centers. The designations will open more access points for patients into the stroke system of care. It also ensures that our state offers the most appropriate level of care for anyone who suffers a stroke.
Additionally, the law also establishes EMS protocols based on the new stroke center designations. This ensures EMS professionals will know which hospital is most appropriately equipped to ensure their patient the best possible outcome.