Yashoda Hospitals launches ‘STROKE care on Wheels’
Hyderabad 29th October 2019: Special Chief Secretary Dept. of Health, Medical& Family Welfare Government of Telangana A. Santhi Kumari IAS has flagged off ‘STROKE Care on Wheels’ launched by Yashoda Hospitals for the First time in Telugu States on the occasion of ‘World Stroke Day’ today at Sec’ Bad Yashoda Hospitals.
“In India, the ICMR estimates in 2004 indicated that stroke contributed 41% of deaths and 72% of disability adjusted years amongst the non-communicable diseases. Incidence of stroke is more in Urban areas than rural areas in India. This is largely explainable in terms of increasing life expectancy, changing demography, rapid urbanisation, and the pernicious impact of Globalisation, changing lifestyle leading to sedentary work nature, nuclearised families, rising stress and work-life imbalance.
“STROKE Care on Wheels” is a Yashoda Hospital’s Stroke Treatment Ambulance intended to save the lives of Stroke victims. This “Stroke care on wheels” concept is designed to significantly reduce the time from the onset of symptoms to the delivery of care, a crucial factor in improving stroke outcomes.” Said Dr. G. S. Rao, Managing Director Yashoda Group of Hospitals.
“An intriguing finding emerging from stroke incidence studies in our country is that Indians are more susceptible to stroke than their Western counterparts. It is worthwhile to note and encouraging that for treatment of stroke, significant advances have taken place in terms of technology as well as drugs. Time to start of treatment is a very important factor in determining stroke outcomes and recovery.
When there is a suspicion of Stroke, the family should immediately call the Stroke Ambulance number (10 59 10). Stroke Ambulance will immediately travel towards patient, who is at home or already on way to hospital, and CT scan would be done at the nearest center, on the way to confirm Non-hemorrhagic stroke. Thrombolysis and pre-hospital care, will be delivered in the Ambulance on the road, after careful scrutiny. The patient will be closely monitored by a team of Trained Doctor, critical care nurse and EMT during and after the thrombolysis, in the stroke ambulance i.e. on the way to hospital. The Ambulance team will be in constant touch with the expert Neurosciences team at the hospital, who will be guiding them and will be ready to receive the patient as soon as he/she reaches the hospital.” Said Dr. R. N. Komal Kumar; Senior Neurologist& Stroke Specialist, Yashoda Hospitals.