Tinsukia: The Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) in Dibrugarh has scripted history by successfully providing thrombolysis treatment to a 65-year-old patient inside a ‘mobile stroke unit’ with an inbuilt CT scan, making it the first government institution in the country to achieve the feat.
Confirming the development, AMCH principal Sanjeeb Kakati said: “The patient, a worker from a nearby tea garden, reached the hospital within two hours of the stroke. The doctors provided treatment to the patient in less than 30 minutes saving his life.”
“The treatment can be provided only to patients with ischemic stroke and within four hours after the stroke occurs,” Kakati said, adding, “The success has paved the way for doorstep treatment to other patients in the near future.”
Thrombolysis, also known as thrombolytic therapy, is a treatment to dissolve dangerous clots in blood vessels, improve blood flow, and prevent damage to tissues and organs.
The facility is developed under ICMR stroke project and has been rolled out in four medical colleges and hospitals across the country on a pilot project basis. Kakati said: “We have become the first government college in the entire country to have provided thrombolysis treatment to a patient in a mobile unit.”
According to medical experts, to provide thrombolysis treatment in a stroke patient, a minimum CT investigation is of great help to a doctor to provide early treatment.
“With the mobile stroke unit with inbuilt CT scan in place in Dibrugarh, doctors will be able to provide doorstep treatment to patients in nearby rural and village areas where CT scans are not available, thereby reducing treatment time,” experts added.