Monday, 30 October 2017

More stroke patients arriving within crucial time period for treatment

More patients are arriving at the hospital "early enough" for time-sensitive stroke treatments, according to Ministry of Health's Stroke Services Improvement team.

The finding emerged from a study by the National Neuroscience Institute, whose results were revealed at the launch of the second annual Spot Stroke nationwide awareness campaign in conjunction with World Stroke Day.

The Spot Stroke campaign is focused on helping more Singaporeans recognise the symptoms of stroke using the acronym FAST - which stands for Face drooping, Arm weakness and Speech difficulty, as well as Time to call 995 - as a checklist.

According to the study, the proportion of patients arriving within the crucial three-and-a-half hours increased from 28% before the first campaign in 2016 to 41%. This has increased the chances of survival for patients undergoing clot-busting treatment.

The study also found that the percentage of patients coming within seven hours increased from 42% to 58%, improving chances of eligibility for those who require endovascular therapy.


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