Yashoda Hospitals Launches Stroke Care on Wheels on the Occasion of World Stroke Day
Yashoda Hospitals, Secunderabad on Tuesday launched STROKE Care On Wheels, a unique mobile emergency service for stroke treatment which is more than a regular ambulance. This is an initiative by Yashoda Hospitals that stemmed with a vision to begin care for the patient having stroke right from the time of report. This initiative intends to not only save the lives of stroke victims but also help them lead a quality life after the stroke attack. STROKE Care On Wheels concept is designed to significantly reduce the time from the onset of symptoms to the delivery of care, a crucial factor in improving stroke outcomes.
The honorable guests for the occasion were Smt. Shanti Kumari IAS, Special Cheif Secretary – Department of Health, Medical and Family Welfare – Government of Telangana and Anil Kumar, Additional Commissioner of Traffic, Telangana who flagged of STROKE Care On Wheels.
Speaking on the occasion, Shanti Kumari said that deaths due to paralysis are on the rise. Expressing concern over increasing deaths and disabilities due to paralytic strokes, she said that blood pressure and diabetes as the primary reasons for paralytic strokes.
“Stroke Care on Wheels’ initiative is aimed at saving lives of stroke victims by extending emergency medical services at the earliest. It would reduce the time taken to deliver care, a crucial factor to save lives,” says MD, Yashoda Hospitals, Dr GS Rao.
A comprehensive, multi-disciplinary team comprising of neurologists, interventional radiologists, neuro-intensivists, neurosurgeons and neuro-anaesthetists and rehabilitation team will receive the patient, said Director, Yashoda Hospitals Group, Dr Pavan Gorukanti.
Family members of stroke victims can alert through the emergency stroke number 105910 and the stroke ambulance will immediately start towards the patient. The CT scan would be done at the nearest medical facility and thrombolysis to dissolve clots and pre-hospital care will be provided in the ambulance by trained neurologist, critical care nurse and EMT.
Senior neurologist and stroke specialist from the hospital, Dr R N Komal Kumar said the ambulance team will be in constant touch with a stroke team in the hospital for guidance. The stroke emergency vehicle is telemedicine enabled so that it can be in touch with hospital’s Neurologist and Interventional Neuro-radiologist.