When someone experiences a stroke – every minute counts. That’s why the latest advance in acute stroke care has been the stent retriever.
Medications can break up a clot but stent retrievers are threaded through an artery to grab the clot and remove it immediately. The faster the patient receives treatment, the better.
The Philadelphia Inquirer spoke to Robert Rosenwasser, Chair of Neurological Surgery at Jefferson, about the need for quick treatment and that possibility of tele-medicine being added to ambulances which could speed triage and transfers.
The article also notes Jefferson’s Comprehensive Acute Stroke Center – which is the highest designation accredited by the Joint Commission.