Department of Neurosurgery
Stroke Awareness Month — Enacting Better Protocols Can Save Lives
“Drs. Mahesh Jayaraman and Ryan McTaggart, interventional neuroradiologists at Rhode Island Hospital, led a recent study that evaluated stroke patient outcomes in Rhode Island as a result of changing the state’s transport rules and improving the stroke system of care. EMS protocols were updated to help first responders assess stroke severity in the field, enabling them to transport eligible patients directly to a Level 1 stroke center.
For ELVO patients who were taken to the nearest hospital or primary stroke center, just 42 percent experienced a favorable outcome, meaning that they had little or no disability and were able to live life as they had pre-stroke or without the need for daily help.”
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