According to UPI, a new study has found the odds of surviving a stroke are slightly better for patients treated at hospitals with a specialized stroke department, known as primary stroke centers. However, the study authors say that benefit was only seen if stroke patients got to a stroke center in less than 90 minutes. Lead researcher Dr. Kimon Bekelis is an instructor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. He told UPI, “Treatment of stroke is very time sensitive. As the saying goes, time is brain. So the faster you intervene, the faster the patient recovers.” Bekelis said primary stroke centers provide integrated care, including timely administration of medications such as the clot-busting drug tPA. They also offer special procedures to reduce the effects of a stroke. He added that many of these treatments are only available at stroke centers or are delivered faster there. That may account for the difference in survival, compared with treatment at a community hospital.
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