Hospitals plan stroke management teams for faster treatment

Written By Unknown on Rabu, 29 Oktober 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI : Every day, around 100 Mumbaikars suffer stroke or brain attack but barely 10% of them manage to reach hospital in time for treatment. Recognizing this emergency, city hospitals are planning special stroke management teams.

Jaslok Hospital on Peddar Road, on the occasion of World Stroke Day, announced the setting up of a Code Stroke team to provide better detection and quicker treatment. "We noticed that ever since we started our Code Blue programme in response to cardiac arrest, we have been able to save more lives in the shortest possible time within the hospital. Hence, we felt we could try something similar for stroke," said Jaslok Hospital CEO Taran Gianchandani.

Previous studies have shown 3,000-4,000 strokes occur every day across India. "If we extrapolate this number, we will get between 50 and 100 strokes in Mumbai every day. Our practice shows that barely 10% get help in the form of surgery or thrombolysis medication within the four-and-half-hour window," said Dr Shirish Hastak, consultant neurologist from Wockhardt Hospital near Mumbai Central.

With better healthcare facilities, life expectancy is going up around the world. India is no exception, said Dr S M Katrak from Jaslok Hospital. "Life expectancy in India in 2012 was 66.21 years. With an increase in life expectancy, age-related disorders, such as cancers, heart diseases, strokes and dementia, are also increasing,'' he said.

In case of brain attacks, time is critical. If treatment is delayed beyond four and half hours, the patient can suffer permanent disability. "Rehabilitation of such a patient could be expensive as well as stressful,'' Katrak added. If a patient gets thrombolytic injection in time, chances of minimum damage or disability rise.

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