DOTHAN, AL - The Alabama Department of Public Health and the Office of Emergency Medical Services along with Alabama hospitals say they have been successful in the initiation and completion of the first six months of operation of the Southeast Regional Pilot Acute Stroke System (SRPASS).
SRPASS was established to serve patients in 18 southeast Alabama counties (Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Pike and Russell).
To date, 1,260 patients have been serviced by the system as a whole.
The Southeast Regional Pilot Acute Stroke system has been in Southeast Alabama for only six months and health officials say it's performing just as well as a similar 10-year-old system in Birmingham.
Here's how it works.
When paramedics arrive on the scene of a possible stoke, they take down vital signs and call the Alabama Truma Communications Center, ATCC.
The ATCC will tell them the closest hospital that can treat the patient.
They'll also send the patients information known as a "stroke alert" to the hosital so they're prepared for their arrival.
Two weeks later, they fill out a report on the patient and send it back to the paramedics that responded.
That report is used for training purposes.
Emergency responders hope to add a trauma portion to the system by by July.
That way if someone needs surgery immediately, they can get to the right hospital.
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