Australia’s first dedicated stroke ambulance ready to hit the road

Victorian stroke patients will have the very best chance of survival when Australia’s first-ever dedicated stroke ambulance hits the road later this month, assessing patients on the spot to speed up treatment and save lives.

The ambulance will be crewed with a stroke nurse, radiographer and two paramedics, with a stroke neurologist on staff at the hospital to receive and analyse scans. This will mean patients will receive faster treatments such as clot busting thrombolysis, which is required in four out of five strokes.

The stroke ambulance – which will travel within a 20km radius of the Royal Melbourne Hospital – will provide a more efficient road transfer to hospital, with patients receiving a seamless transition and connected care. It is expected the stroke ambulance will treat up to almost 3000 patients a year.

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