Feb. 28, 2013

Automated stroke test from Oxford to save lives and costs

The latest Oxford spin-out puts the expertise of a stroke assessment team into the hands of any doctor in an emergency department. There is only a four and a half hour window from the time which a stroke occurs when a clot busting thrombolytic treatment can be given. Quick, expert assessment and successful treatment of stroke patients saves an average of £10,000 per patient per year and gives the patient a fuller life. In Europe, there were 1.3 million stroke deaths last year. With 1.2 million stroke patients every year in the UK alone, the new system has the potential to increase the number of patients treated, save lives and improve patient recovery.