Rush University Medical Center will start operating their new Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit this year manufactured by Excellance.

A new video is now up on EM1.com’s Paramedic TV detailing how Rush plans to utilize their new unit to save lives.

Rush University Medical Center neurosurgeon Dr. Demetrius Lopes stressed in a recent interview with the Chicago Tribune on how time is important in diagnosing and beginning treatment on stroke victims.

“It’s definitely the next frontier when it comes down to the treatment for a stroke, because it allows us to catch the patients in a moment that we just never had the opportunity before,” Lopes said.

The average time that patients are being treated with clot-busting drugs is almost 60 minutes after the onset of a stroke.

“If you go into units like this, it has been shown to go down to 19 minutes,” he said.

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