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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 160-164

Prehospital stroke care, a narrative review

1 Department of Neurology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
2 Department of Neurology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan, USA

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Dr. Paul Fu
Department of Neurology, Yale School of Medicine. 15 York St, New Haven CT 06510
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/bc.bc_31_18

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Stroke is a leading cause of disability in the United States and current treatment for stroke is limited to two modalities with well-defined time restraints. The prehospital setting is a significant and relatively easy setting for innovation in stroke care, as the most clinical decisions are made within the first several hours of symptom onset. In this review, we look at recent innovations in improving prehospital care for acute stroke including the conception of mobile stroke units, the ongoing development of stroke models for emergency providers, barriers to prehospital care, and the innovation of new telephone applications. Although there are notable improvements in acute stroke care, additional research is needed to further improve on current models and technologies.

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