A TechNation reader in Colorado recently shared photos of the UCHealth Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit.
“This is a $1 million+ ambulance! They have to reinforce the frame to hold all the weight of the CT and have an onboard generator to run it,” he wrote in his email. “ Also has a UPS backup that allows to run one scan if the generator fails. You can see a track on the bottom of the CT in some of the pictures. It is used to move the CT to the patient to scan their brain. Pretty impressive!”
The Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit (MSTU) is described as follows on the UCHealth website, “As one of only a handful of such units in the U.S., the Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit is revolutionary in Colorado and beyond. It allows on-board diagnosis and critical blood clot-busting medications to be administered to stroke patients en route to the hospital. The time saved can be crucial. It can prevent the loss of millions of neurons, reducing permanent damage to a patient’s brain.”
The website adds that the MTSU provides medicine with a healthy dose of technology:
Read a story about how the unit saved a man’s life at tinyurl.com/n93jn78x.
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