News : Stroke Helpline Launched at MCH in Thiruvananthapuram
Oct 30, 2014 -- In order to ensure that stroke patients reaching the over-crowded casualty in the Government Medical College Hospital (MCH) are given diligent and timely care.
A stroke is a medical emergency.
Failure or delay in recognising stroke signals or delay in reaching a stroke patient to an appropriate medical facility or worse still, delays at the hospital-end even after a patient manages to reach the facility within the golden hour window of three-and-a-half hours, has resulted in a huge burden of mortality as well as morbidity due to disability among the population here..
In order to ensure that stroke patients reaching the over-crowded casualty in the Government Medical College Hospital (MCH) are given diligent and timely care, the Department of Neurology at the MCH opened a stroke helpline on World Stroke Day on Wednesday.
"If you dial 99463 32963 when you start from home and inform us, we will ensure that a neurologist is there at the Casualty to receive the stroke patient, rush him through the CT scan and other emergency diagnostics and do the necessary management without delays," Thomas Iype, Prof and Head of Neurology, MCH, said.
A stroke helpline had become necessary not just because of the increasing incidence of stroke in the community, but also because a lot many cases of stroke reaching the over-crowded Casualty wing at the MCH were either being missed or appropriate treatment — thrombolysis to dissolve the blood clot blocking the blood supply to the brain — not delivered on time.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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