UCLA Health is the first medical system in the Western U.S. to offer a mobile stroke unit.
Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. experiences a stroke. It’s the fifth leading cause of death and the top contributor to long-term disability. Strokes caused by blood clots (ischemic) or brain bleeds (hemorrhagic) deprive the brain of oxygen-rich blood.
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The Mobile Stroke Unit (MSU) is staffed by a specialty care team comprised of a Stroke Neurologist, Critical Care Transport Nurse, CT Technician, and Paramedic. When an individual calls 911 and says someone is having a stroke, or mentions symptoms that would indicate a potential stroke, our MSU will be dispatched to the scene of the patient alongside another 911 Emergency Response Unit. On-scene, both the MSU team and the other emergency response unit will assess the patient to determine if the patient is likely to be having a stroke. If so, the patient will be placed inside the MSU.
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