Rapid Response: Mobile Stroke Unit

By KPRC

Published 02/05 2014 11:17AM

Updated 02/05 2014 11:30AM

(KPRC) University of Texas Health has unveiled the nation's first mobile stroke unit with a CT scanner on board.

The mobile stroke unit is specifically designed to treat stroke patients.

According to Dr. James Grotta, director of Stroke Research at UT Health, the ambulance is "designed specifically to take the emergency room to the patient.

"When having a stroke, seconds count.

"On average even our best emergency rooms, it takes an hour to be evaluated and treated for their stroke," Grotta said.

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