Canada has become one of the first nations in the world to have a dedicated stroke ambulance - a vehicle that cost over $1m.
The Ambulance, which is fully equipped with a CT scanner, will allow people suffering from strokes in the Edmonton area access to quick treatment in order to give them the greatest possible chance of survival. 80% of strokes are caused by a patient’s arteries becoming blocked, and this can be treated relatively easily with medication. The issue arises whereby the patient can only be administered with the drugs once a brain haemorrhage has been ruled out.
Having the CT scanner in the ambulance will allow scans to take place at the location of the stroke to determine the cause of the issue, a factor that, it is hoped, will increase the speed at which the medics can react and therefore increase the patient's chances of surviving without brain damage.
Canadian healthcare is always looking for ways to advance, as the country’s vast size presents a list of unique challenges. Many people still live as far as two hours from their nearest medical centre, however the introduction of the stroke ambulance will reduce this figure drastically, allowing patients to receive potentially lifesaving treatment at the side of the road.
One in three patients treated within 90 minutes of having a stroke will make a full recovery, whereas just 1 in 8 who are treated within three hours will. The ambulance therefore could play an incredible role in many Canadian’s lives.
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