Forces unite for Stroke Consortium

September 8, 2012 by  

Coral Gables Fire Department has just initiated an innovative program aimed at improving awareness and treatment for victims of stroke.

The Fire Department has joined forces with 16 partner hospitals and the Miami-Dade County fire rescue departments to form a Stroke Consortium. The goal for the partnership is to help to save lives for one of the primary causes of adult disability in the United States.

Strokes occur once every 45 seconds according to the Center for Disease Control and are the fourth-highest cause of death in the United States, resulting in more than 780,000 strokes every year. The Stroke Consortium hopes to lessen the severity of a stroke and improve a patient’s chance of recovery by shortening the time from the onset of the stroke to treatment.

The cost to the health care system in the country for the treatment of stroke victims is $53.9 billion. In Miami-Dade County alone, hospitals handle between 4,000 to 6,000 stroke alerts annually.

The Stroke Consortium will rely on effective communication between emergency caregivers using a multitude of media, such as internet, telephone, radio, and skype. Printed material, such as brochures and poster printing, can illustrate procedures for professionals, victims, relatives, and by-standers when a stroke happens. Increasing response time for victims, along with educating the public on how to recognize symptoms of a stroke, will greatly increase the recovery rate.

It seems that Coral Gables residents can rest easy knowing that the Stroke Consortium is working to improve survival and recovery rates.