Hospitals designated as primary stroke centers

New recommendations from the Brain Attack Coalition indicate that emergency stroke patients should go to primary stroke centers for treatment, according to a recent Stroke study. There are currently 1,000 hospitals that have this designation, according to a National Institutes of Health press release, a growing trend to treat acute stroke patients.

"Many hospitals have benefited and will continue to benefit from certification as primary stroke centers. Even more importantly, the patients cared for at PSCs have clearly benefited by getting better treatment, experiencing fewer complications, and going home from the hospital sooner," said lead author of the study Dr. Mark J. Alberts, director of the Stroke Center at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.