UAB and ADPH Enhance Statewide Stroke Response in Alabama

| July 27, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

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By Bob Shepard

Modeled on its successful trauma response system, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) will partner with UAB to improve a similar system for response to stroke across the state. This pioneering effort is a five-year initiative to transform the system by coordinating prehospital and interfacility emergency stroke care.

The Trauma Communications Center (TCC) Coordinated c (SBST) project is funded by a $2.5 million grant to UAB from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, one of the National Institutes of Health.

“The project is focused on helping EMS providers identify patients with severe stroke and getting them to the appropriate medical facility, exactly as our trauma system functions,” said Dr. Toby Gropen, the Dr. James H. Halsey Jr. Endowed Professor in the Department of Neurology and director of the UAB Comprehensive Neurovascular and Stroke Center. “The system will coordinate with each of the six EMS regions in Alabama to provide each patient with the right care, at the right place, at the right time.”

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