People Hospital 115 achieves gold status in stroke treatment

People Hospital 115 in Ho Chi Minh City has become the first hospital in Asia to achieve Gold status certification in treatment for stroke issued by the European Stroke Organization.

People Hospital 115 achieves gold status in stroke treatment

The infirmary yesterday organized a meeting to receive the certification.
According to Professor Carlos Molina, head of the Vall d’Hebron Hospital’s Stroke ward in Spain’s Barcelona, to achieve the level “ Gold status”, the hospital ought to meet these criteria including standardized stroke treatment procedure, quality and patients’ safety, high rate of stroke patients treated within 60 minutes after being admitted into the infirmary and scanned CT and MRI soon.
From 2017, the European Stroke Organization and the World Stroke Organization have provided support to Vietnam in improving stroke quality through Angels program nationwide by setting up high quality stroke centers. With the support, the number of stroke centers in the country has raised from 14 in 2017 to 73 now and all hospitals in the country will have stroke medical units to save life of patients in the near future.
People Hospital 115 Deputy Head Dr. Bui Minh Trang said that the Cerebrovascular ward has treated nearly 12,000 stroke patients in 2018 with the rate of recovery of approximately 90 percent.
More importantly, the hospital has reduced the average length of stay in hospital from 5.88 days in 2016 to 4.54 days in 2018. Reduction of hospital stay length of stroke patients proved the hospital’s effective treatment procedures.
Especially, the infirmary physicians have applied therapy with clot-busting drugs (must start within 4.5 hours if they are given into the vein — and the sooner, the better) and use a catheter to maneuver a device into the blocked blood vessel in your brain and trap and remove the clot ( This procedure is particularly beneficial for people with large clots that can't be completely dissolved with tPA )
Presently, the hospital is preparing human resource for application of a brain hemorrhage treatment that involves drilling a hole in the skull to drain accumulated blood with the expectation to cut down on the number of stroke deaths and disabilities due to stroke.
Chairman of Stroke Association in Ho Chi Minh City Dr. Nguyen Huy Thang said at a lately seminar that just 19.4 percent of stroke patients reach hospitals within 'golden hour' to get clot-busting drug; accordingly, the number of stroke deaths are still high up to 18 percent.
Moreover, just 5.3 percent of stroke patients have been taken to medical centers within 6 first hours while up to 75.3 percent come to medical facilities after six first hours. Therefore, just 25 percent of stroke patients receive timely treatment and they are highly likely recover soon.
Worse, after treatment, just 5 percent of Vietnamese stroke patient receive physical therapy while most of residents in developed countries are taken to these special centers for physiotherapy.

By THANH AN - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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