Better stroke care at smaller hospitals
Many stroke patients die or suffer from severe and permanent disabilities unnecessarily. How well a stroke patient is treated and his or her chances of a full recovery differs widely across the country, Swedish Radio News reports.
It also seems that the bigger the hospital the less likely you are to get treated in time to prevent permanent damage.
Swedish hospitals are generally considered good at caring for stroke patients but the regional differences are huge.
Lycksele hospital in the far north has the best stroke care in the country and according to Susanne Lundmark, a stroke coordinator at the hospital, that is because the hospital is quite small.
“All the different clinics are close to each other, which mean that the transportation time is shorter. You can get from the emergency room to do a CAT scan of the brain and then you are transferred directly to the stroke ward,” she said.
It’s a bit trickier at bigger hospitals.
“The larger hospitals have a lot more patients and that requires a very effective organisation,” said Bo Norrving, professor in neurology.