Va., D.C. consider plans to route stroke patients

04/2/2008 | Washington Post, The

Virginia and Washington, D.C., are considering new rules that would require ambulance crews to take a suspected stroke patient to a designated stroke center unless it is too far away. The American Stroke Association and neurologists say survival rates are higher and neurological damage is minimized when stroke patients are taken to a hospital that has appropriate medical staff and the ability to quickly administer diagnostic testing and lifesaving drugs.

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