An ongoing study at Cleveland Clinic finds mobile stroke treatment units considerably more effective than traditional ambulance transport for timely evaluation and treatment of stroke. Preliminary data were presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

In July 2014, Cleveland Clinic launched a Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit to diagnose and treat stroke more quickly and effectively. The mobile unit is more than a standard ambulance. It contains all of the equipment and medical personnel necessary for treating stroke patients, including the CT scanner required to determine treatment for hemorrhagic versus ischemic stroke and telemedicine technology which allows two-way audio/video conferencing between the mobile unit crew and an in-hospital stroke specialist.

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