MONTGOMERY, AL- The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Office of Emergency Medical Services are announcing the activation of the Southeast Regional Pilot Acute Stroke System (SRPASS). The system will serve patients in 18 southeast Alabama counties effective Aug. 26.
"Providing access to rapid stroke treatment within the first few hours of the onset of symptoms is vitally important in ensuring good patient outcomes," said Dr. Donald Williamson, state health officer. "We applaud our partners for working to establish a system that will dramatically improve the quality of care stroke patients can receive by saving precious time and delivering expert neurologic care."
Stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Patients who are having a stroke need to be quickly evaluated at a hospital, just like patients who are having a heart attack.