MAYOR GARY W. STARR IS FIRST SUBURBAN MAYOR TO AUTHORIZE USE OF STROKE MOBILE UNIT

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If you live in Middleburg Heights and experience signs of a stroke, you have a significantly better chance of surviving it and having a better recovery. This is because of Cleveland Clinic’s Stroke Mobile Unit operating in the City of Middleburg Heights. Mayor Starr is the first suburban mayor to authorize the use of such a unit.

Research shows that in many cases the sooner a stroke patient receives treatment, the better off they typically are in their recovery. In 2015, nearly 40 Middleburg Heights residents were rushed to the hospital with stroke or stroke-like symptoms. The Clinic’s stroke-specific ambulance unit has personnel and specialized equipment designated for immediate diagnosis and treatment of strokes.

Since initiating the program in May 2016, only 5 of 22 potential Mobile Stroke calls were handled by the Mobile Stroke Program Protocol. It has been found that some calls were made after Mobile Stroke Unit operating hours, while the Mobile Stroke Unit was unavailable due to a prior call or out of service for vehicle maintenance or 911 calls were not directed to the Mobile Stroke Unit because of “vague” symptom descriptions.

Middleburg Heights has a significant opportunity to improve this program by introducing a second unit that may be closer to Middleburg Heights and/or capable of handling a second call for the Mobile Stroke Unit. A second opportunity to improve the program is to better describe the sometime vague symptoms of a stroke to help dispatchers better identify potential Mobile Stroke Unit calls. Currently, dispatcher only request the Mobile Stroke Unit when the caller specifically says “stroke” or there is a high suspicion of a stroke.