Mobile Stroke Unit to Visit SwedishAmerican Hospital, October 13

Time is of the essence when someone experiences symptoms of a stroke. SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health, through its connection with Superior Ambulance, will host the Rush University Medical Center Mobile Stroke Unit on Friday, October 13 from 9 AM to 2 PM in the SwedishAmerican Emergency Department parking lot. SwedishAmerican staff members and area ambulance services will be able to tour the unit and learn how the ambulance delivers care to stroke victims in the Chicago area.

The Mobile Stroke Unit is a specifically built, state-of-the-art ambulance outfitted with telemedicine technology and a CT scanner enabling brain imaging that is critical to accurate stroke diagnosis and treatment. In addition, the “clot-buster” drug called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, which can dissolve clots and restore blood flow in the brain is also on-board the unit. These services are typically available once the patient arrives at the hospital. The unit is staffed by a paramedic, a critical care nurse, and a CT scan technician. The ambulance currently serves the western suburbs within five miles of Rush Oak Park Hospital.

“We’re very excited to have the Mobile Stroke Unit on our campus as this is the perfect learning opportunity for our staff and for area ambulance services,” says SwedishAmerican Stroke Medical Director Dr. Jason Layman. “It’s always great to share knowledge and resources with other hospitals. This is a nice opportunity to see the unit up-close and personal and determine if this is a unit we can create and offer to our very own Rockford-area patients.”

The Mobile Stroke Unit is one of only a handful of specifically designed and built units of its kind in the United States. For more information, please visit www.rush.edu.