On the occasion of World Stroke Day, MGM Healthcare, a super-specialty quaternary care hospital in Chennai, announced the launch of its comprehensive Stroke Rapid Response Team (SRRT) and Stroke Hotline Number 044 4200 4200 to ensure proper and timely care for the rising number of stroke cases. The inauguration of the SRRT was felicitated by Prof G Arjundas, Senior Consultant Neurologist, Chennai & Prof Vijay Sharma, Senior Consultant, Neurologist, Singapore.
Noted actor and politician R Sarathkumar was present at the virtual launch. He lauded MGM Healthcare’s continued innovations and efforts towards providing quality healthcare to one and all.
The Institute of Neurosciences and Spinal Disorders at MGM Healthcare has initiated the SRRT by forming a team of multiple medical experts that includes Emergency Physicians, Radiologists, Critical Care Specialists, Neurologists and Neurosurgeons who will initiate immediate treatment for those patients who have suffered a stroke. The Stroke Hotline Number is aimed at providing immediate medical assistance and an ambulance to bring the patient to the medical facility as soon as possible. The RRST will then administer treatment and procedures based on international protocols and provide advanced technical support to cater to the patient’s emergency.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sridhar K, Director & Group Head, Institute of Neurosciences & Spinal Disorders, MGM Healthcare, said, “People are generally unaware of the seriousness of a stroke attack and often ignore the importance of time in these medical emergencies. The result of a stroke could be serious paralysis or even death if treatment is not administered within the golden hour — within 60 minutes from the onset of the attack. We urge people to not waste any time in case of a Brain attack, as almost 30,000 brain cells die every second when blood flow to the brain is lost. It is important for people to familiarise themselves with the concept of B-E-F-A-S-T, where they should check the Balance (if there is a sudden loss of balance or coordination), Eyes (if there is blurred or double vision or persistent vision trouble), Face (if one or both sides of the face is drooping), Arms (if the person can raise both arms), Speech (if the person has slurred or garbled speech) and Time (call for immediate medical attention once these signs are noticed). So, in case of a stroke or even doubt of a stroke, our hotline number should immediately be called which will enable the SRRT to administer the apt treatment on time and help you recover or even reverse the stroke.”
The SRRT is specialised enough to achieve an incredible door-to-needle time of just 11 minutes which keeps the treatment well within the safe 30 minutes timeframe issued as per the International Guidelines.