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Stroke System

A Systematic Approach to Stroke Treatment

Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death in Utah. The Utah Stroke System is a systematic approach to treating stroke victims in Utah. This approach assists in the timely treatment for those experiencing a stroke. The Utah Department of Health (UDOH), the Utah Hospitals and Health Systems Association (UHA), and the Alliance for Cardiovascular Health in Utah (ACHU) have worked in collaboration to develop the Utah Stoke System. The goal of the Utah Stroke System is to provide quality and timely emergency care to every stroke patient in the state in order to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by stroke.

The Utah Stroke System, which incorporates national guidelines, includes Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies and hospitals working together to rapidly and efficiently identify patients with possible strokes and deliver them to hospitals with the personnel, equipment, and expertise to rapidly treat them. Those hospitals, which voluntarily become verified as Stroke Receiving Facilities, work in concert with the larger Primary Stroke Centers, and commit to follow national guidelines in treating patients arriving to the emergency department with symptoms of stroke. For their part, EMS agencies will be notified which hospitals are verified by UDOH as being "stroke ready" and will recommend that patients experiencing a stroke be transported to a stroke receiving facility.

Stroke System Resources

Questions? Contact Robert Jex, rfjex@utah.gov or 801-273-4161.

Updated July 16, 2014