Strokes can happen anytime, anywhere. Canada’s first Stroke Ambulance will expand our capacity to save the lives of stroke patients.
Your support is critical to keeping the University of Alberta Hospital the go-to centre for stroke care in northern Alberta, the Territories, eastern British Columbia and Saskatchewan.
Canada’s First Stroke Ambulance, funded solely by the generous donors of the University Hospital Foundation, is the first Stroke Ambulance in the world to serve rural populations.
The goal of the Stroke Ambulance is to reduce time between stroke onset and treatment, and give more Albertans the chance to survive and live without life-changing deficits. How? By sending the Stroke Ambulance to the patient, instead of waiting for the patient to get to the stroke centre.
Our Stroke Ambulance is the first in the world to provide stroke patient care beyond the limits of a major urban centre. That’s significant, because nearly 25% of the more than 1,300 stroke patients who received acute stroke care at the University of Alberta Hospital in 2014 came from beyond the Edmonton zone.
Reducing the high cost of stroke patient care
Currently, stroke patient care costs $80,000 to $110,000 per year, depending on the degree of disability. Multiplied by 300, the number of patients expected to be served by the stroke ambulance every year, the total annual cost for stroke patient care – for just those Albertans who suffer a stroke in one year – rises to $24-33 million.
“The Stroke Ambulance is a tremendous example of the transformational impact the community can have on healthcare.”
Brain Centre Campaign Co-Chair
The Stroke Ambulance is part of a three year pilot project that will look at:
How quickly patients were treated;
Where those patients came from;
What their prognosis would have been without treatment; and
The degree to which that prognosis was changed by the Stroke Ambulance.
Stroke Patient, Lorna Friess, 41, of South Cooking Lake Alberta, says that having a Stroke Ambulance would have made her recovery dramatically different.