County Launches New Stroke Response System

Contra Costa County has launched a new coordinated stroke system that links patients to medical providers trained to identify and treat strokes. The county is the 11th jurisdiction in the state to establish this life-saving approach.
It is estimated that nearly 1,000 people experience a stroke each year in Contra Costa. From 2005 to 2007, stroke was the county’s third killer.
The new system, administered by Contra Costa Emergency Medical Services, creates a stroke care team that starts with a 911 emergency call, rapidly linking callers to emergency care providers who are trained to identify stroke victims and transport them to a stroke-certified hospital.  
There are seven certified hospitals in the county, including Doctors Medical Center and Kaiser Hospital in West County.
As with a heart attack, time is of the essence when treating strokes.  Medical experts often talk about a four-hour window when treatment can save lives and reduce brain damage. The new system is designed to greatly increase the number of stroke patients treated within this window.
For more information on the new stroke system check the Emergency Medical Services website at www.cccems.org, or call 925-646-4690.

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