Why must stroke patients be treated only in a clinic with a stroke center?

Why must stroke patients be treated only in a clinic with a stroke center?

The representative of the European Stroke Association Lev Prystupiuk visited National Center of Surgery.

He made a presentation essential for our country.

The topic aimed to highlight stoke and the methods of stroke management. In his presentation, he emphasized the fact that stroke patient must be admitted to the medical establishment equipped with a stroke center.

Mr. Lev is a consultant of Angels Initiative of the European Stroke Organisation. The organisation aims to promote awareness in all aspects of a stroke and to reduce the number of deaths and disabilities caused by a stroke regionally and globally.

The official webpage of the European Stroke Organisation reads as follows – "Every 30 minutes a stroke patient who could have been saved, dies or is left permanently disabled, not just because of the stroke, but because he or she had been treated in the wrong hospital. In fact, less than a third of stroke patients are currently treated in dedicated stroke centres. This means thousands of patients fail to get the specialist care they urgently need. We need to change this.”

Neurologists, neurosurgeons, and heads of our clinic attended the presentation.  Author of a presentation outlined standards for transferring patients to stroke ready clinics and unfortunate outcomes of stroke victims receiving treatment in a hospital, where all modern methods of stroke management aren’t implemented.

Guests had an opportunity to watch a campaign clip, where a real patient participated.  This video is a clear example of how important it is to properly manage each minute for stroke management and why a medical emergency brigade must transfer the patient to a stroke center.

We would like to remind readers that National Center of Surgery is equipped with a stroke unit.

For stroke management, the following are implemented in the clinic:

  • Triage of patients affected by acute stage of disease;
  • Measures to restore cerebral circulation and prevent pathological processes – systemic intravenous thrombolysis, endovascular thrombectomy;
  • Surgical treatment of brain hemorrhage, aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation, carotid and vertebral artery stenosis using both, open and endovascular methods;
  • Early neurorehabilitation;
  • Physiotherapy and rehabilitation;
  • Measures to prevent stroke recurrence and vascular processes;
  • Medication and surgical treatments of hemorrhagic stroke.

Once the patient is admitted to the Stroke Center, the team of professionals determines the type and genesis of a stroke. For the treatment of ischemic stroke, systemic intravenous thrombolysis, endovascular thrombectomy or in some cases, a combination of both is carried out per modern guidelines. The method is chosen individually based on the condition of the patient and an appropriate medical indication

It shall be mentioned that combined thrombolysis and thrombectomy were carried out in National Center of Surgery for the first time in Georgia.

Not everyone is informed about our Stroke Center, and unfortunately, it is fairly possible that the deceased patient could’ve been not only saved but also returned to an active lifestyle using thrombectomy or thrombolysis once admitted to National Center of Surgery.

In National Center of Surgery, stroke is treated using innovative methods that are already implemented in the leading clinics of the U.S and Europe.

That’s why we would like to remind the population that if you witness an incident and suspect a stroke because of symptoms (dizziness, paralysis, vomiting, loss of strength in the extremities; headache, speech disorder, loss of coordination,  cognitive decline, numbness of the face and extremities, facial asymmetry), remember National Center of Surgery where innovative treatment methods are implemented, and all necessary conditions are provided for proper and timely diagnostic of a stroke.

Our clinic’s neurosurgeons and neurologists have saved numerous lives from neurological deficits and disabilities. Even now, as you read the article, know that they are trying to save a patient in the Stroke Center.

Remember, stroke is one of the significant challenges of modern medicine, and National Center of Surgery fights to defeat this cruel pathology every day for 24 hours.

Wish you health!