What is a stroke-ready hospital?
A stroke ready hospital is ready for patients with 24×7 availability of the required equipment, technology needed to get imaging and scans of the brain and trained consultants. If a patient is bought to such a facility within 4.5 hours of the onset of symptoms, a treatment known as Thrombolysis can be administered and clots in the blood vessels can be dissolved medically. This process is known to reverse the stroke.
Another procedure known as Mechanical Thrombectomy is now available where specialists can remove the clot with the help of a catheter. This is possible only within 12-24 hours of onset of symptoms. A stroke-ready hospital should be prepared to perform both Thrombolysis and Mechanical Thrombectomy.