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Development of Stroke Centers Within Hospitals

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A stroke system should ensure that hospitals identified as "acute stroke capable" possess the appropriate resources and deliver primary stroke care, in accordance with national recommendations and local or national certifying bodies.

The Acute Stroke Treatment Program (ASTP) guides hospitals through a step-by-step process for establishing a Primary Stroke Center in their facility.  The core piece of the program is the American Stroke Association Program Capacity Assessment Tool, which gives hospitals a tool to strengthen their acute stroke service delivery infrastructure and evaluate their readiness to treat stroke

Another resource for establishing a primary stroke center is the Brain Attack Coalition, which offers guidelines and orders for systems development for acute stroke care, including stroke center development.

Last updated December 23, 2013