Date Added: 08/06/2017

Date Updated: 08/06/2017

Mobile stroke units for prehospital care of ischemic stroke

Specialties: Cardiovascular disease & vascular surgery

Technology Type: Devices - Programmes

Stage of development: Established

Stage of EAA: Assessment Complete

Description, patients and keywords:

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in Canada, and early diagnosis and treatment are essential to improving patient outcomes. 

Mobile stroke units are similar to ambulances but are equipped with a portable computed tomography (CT) scanner and specially trained staff for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of ischemic stroke.

Evidence suggests that mobile stroke units reduce the time it takes for people who have suffered a stroke to receive appropriate treatment.

It is still unclear if earlier treatment in a mobile stroke unit improves long-term functional outcomes.

Mobile stroke units are expensive to purchase and operate, but evidence suggests that they may be cost-effective.