News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Metro RTA


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Health and Medicine


Specially equipped Cleveland Clinic ambulance serves stroke victims
New mobile stroke unit will bring crucial treatment to patients at the scene saving valuable time
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


Reporter
Kevin Niedermier
 
In The Region:

The Cleveland Clinic has unveiled its “mobile stroke unit,” an ambulance specially equipped to treat stroke victims on the scene.

The vehicle will provide quicker treatment for the estimated 5,600 Cuyahoga County residents hospitalized for strokes each year.

Dr. Peter Rasmussen is head of the Clinic’s Cerebro-vascular Center. He says the stroke unit makes it possible to swiftly administer blood-clot dissolving drugs to the patient. A stroke victim has a better chance of recovery if they get this treatment as soon as possible.

Rasmussen says the vehicle is different from a regular ambulance in several ways, including its’ on-board cathscanner.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:44)


“A cathscanner is absolutely crucial for identifying the kind of stroke a patient is having. The second difference is that it has onboard all of the laboratory testing equipment needed to understand a patient’s blood chemistry to give the proper treatment. The third difference is that it has onboard a telemedicine unit so we can virtually bring a stroke expert directly onboard and to the scene the patient is having the stroke.”

If a 911 caller describes stroke-like symptoms, the dispatcher will send the stroke unit along with a regular Cleveland E-M-S ambulance. The vehicle goes into service on Friday. The only other stroke unit in the U-S is operating in Houston, Texas. But many are being used in Germany.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Seven minutes changed everything, but what changed Ashford Thompson?
He shot the guy four times in the head. I have never been that drunk or mad, and I have been through it. Shoot a guy once is bad, maybe a mistake, shoot a guy f...

First cricket farm in the U.S. opens in Youngstown
I am interested in cricket flour to replace soy flour in a low carbohydrate diet. As soon as you have cricket flour available for the average person, please le...

New process starts digesting sludge in Wooster
Awesome! When do our sewage rates decrease accordingly?

Akron's Chapel Hill Mall in foreclosure
Not a surprise. Between the shoplifting, gangs and violence that goes on up there it is no wonder that no one feels safe to shop at Chapel Hill. They have sca...

Ohio launches investigation into at least one Concept charter school
I worked at Noble Academy Cleveland as admin assistant and enrolment coordinator for 6 years, I know this is so valid and true and can provide staff names and p...

Crisis looms in filling aviation industry jobs in Ohio and the nation
I listened to this story yesterday morning on the radio and just want to add this comment. My son went to school to train as an air traffic controller, and gra...

Cuyahoga Valley National Park considers fire to fight invasives
I'm for the controlled burn. There are not enough people (myself included) who volunteer for the removal of invasive plant species. Therefore, another solution ...

Remembering Cleveland music impresario Hank LoConti
The picture here is not the original Agora. It is the old WHK studios where the Agora moved into.

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University