A rare ambulance in Hamilton County is changing the game for the fifth leading cause of death in Ohio. In 2020, the CDC says more than 7,000 people died from strokes in the state. That same year, the region rolled out its first mobile stroke unit.
“We have great stroke centers throughout the entire city, but just the logistics of transporting a patient from their home to the hospital -- that takes time when literally minutes matter. We’re able to really see that reflected in the data that we’re seeing in terms of the time to medication that we’re seeing,” said Dr. Chrisopher Richards, medical director of UC Health Mobile Stroke Unit. When every second counts, UC Health's Mobile Stroke Unit is on the move, at your doorstep in minutes, bringing the emergency department curbside and giving immediate care to stroke patients.