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Mobile Stroke Units Show Early Promise, But Viability Unclear
HealthLeaders Media

Stroke patients who get clot-busting drugs clearly do better than those who don’t arrive at the hospital quickly enough to qualify for thrombolytic therapy. So, the concept of the mobile stroke unit makes sense: Equip an ambulance with the drugs and a doctor who can order them —or, with an electronic link to a doctor who can order them.

Two US hospitals are testing the approach and presented early findings at the recent International Stroke Conference in Nashville, TN last month. In both cases, the units improved treatment time.