Columbus announces new Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit

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The Columbus Division of Fire, OhioHealth, Mount Carmel Health System and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center announced the launch of a Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit.

According to the Centers for Disease Control(CDC), stroke is the number five cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States.

The Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit is a vehicle designed to help first responders to diagnose and provide care to victims of a stroke.

During a recent media announcement at Fire Station No. 3, the vehicle was unveiled and its proposed use was explained.

When a 911 call for service fits the description of symptoms for a possible stroke, the Columbus Division of Fire will dispatch the Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit in addition to EMS. Once the unit arrives at the scene, a team of stroke care professionals including paramedics and a Nurse Practitioner will virtually connect to an OhioHealth stroke neurologist. If necessary, a CT scan can be performed using the unit’s mobile CT scanner. The neurologist will be able to instruct the team to administer treatment they deem necessary immediately, before the patient is even transported. The patient would then be transported to a Certified Stroke Centers in the area. 

During the media announcement, which was published on YouTube by the City of Columbus, doctors from the three Certified Stroke Centers involved in this partnership made statements.

“We know that when a patient is having a stroke, seconds count,” said Dr. Richard Streck from Mount Carmel Health System.

“This vehicle is unique in the sense that we can start the life-saving, stroke-specific care right there; not waiting until they arrive at the hospital,” said Dr. Vivien Lee from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

“All of our organizations working together with the Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit is special,” said Dr. B.J. Hicks from OhioHealth. “We’re committed to providing the best care for the communities we serve.  This vehicle, and the work being done here will save lives.”

The Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit is expected to go into service on Wednesday, May 29. It will initially operate seven days a week, from 7am to 7pm.

The media announcement posted by the City of Columbus can be viewed in its entirety here.

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