Acute stroke is a time sensitive medical emergency and requires immediate recognition and treatment to avoid morbidity and mortality. It wouldn't be wrong if we say that in India, stroke has become a major cause of death. According to data by the Indian Stroke Association, the incidence of stroke has been increased by 100 per cent in the last few years. In India, a sum of 1.8 million people suffers a stroke every year. However, if the correct treatment starts at the right time there is a chance that the patient can be saved though it is considered an emergency.
Stroke is usually caused because of thrombosis, which means clotting of blood in the arteries, which obstruct the flow of blood to the various organs of the body. Patients who suffer from thrombosis are given thrombolytic therapy, which helps in dissolving the dangerous blood clot in the arteries and blood vessels, enhancing the blood flow. This is mostly done in hospitals in presence of an expert team of doctors.
The Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh on 9 July 2021 created history by conducting thrombolytic within 3 hours of stroke by doing a CT scan in a mobile van. The patient was a 65-year-old tea garden worker. He was taken care of in the causality department of the medical college followed by a CT scan in the mobile medical van which was funded by ICMR and was equipped with a CT scanner, telemedicine facility and provisions to provide prompt thrombolytic therapy.
According to data by the Indian Stroke Association, the incidence of stroke has been increased by 100 per cent in the last few years. In India, a sum of 1.8 million people suffers a stroke every year.
The principal cum superintendent of the medical college commented that it was a great success that they could save the patient suffering from acute stroke within 3 hours. He added that this van will be able to provide the primary treatment at the doorstep.
In context to this, a city-based doctor had to say that this was a great initiative as the patients who suffer from stroke need immediate help. This will be more helpful to those patients who reside in rural areas and are deprived of faster medical assistance as reaching the urban areas would take a lot of time.