Thousands of stroke patients in England will benefit from a “game-changing” treatment after plans to expand a revolutionary procedure were approved by NHS bosses.

An estimated 8,000 people per year who suffer a severe form of stroke where blood vessels in the brain become blocked, are set to benefit from mechanical thrombectomys when they are introduced to all 24 neuroscience centres across England.

The procedure sees a piece of wire mesh, known as a stent, inserted into a blood vessel, usually through the groin, before being fed through the circulatory system and into the brain.

Once at the site of a clot the stent is used to dislodge and remove the blockage, restoring blood flow.

Trials have shown that survival rates and quality of life are dramatically improved when a patient undergoes the procedure within six hours of symptoms beginning to show.

The complicated procedure, which is carried out by a highly-trained practitioner called an interventional neuro-radiologist, had previously only been available at a limited number of hospitals across the country.

This new treatment will benefit about 1,000 people a year. Solutions Training are proud to be major contributors towards improving outcomes for stroke patients by offering on line “ Advanced stroke life support “ training for pre hospital clinicians free demo on this site at e learning section.

Solutions Training and Advisory offer both instructor led train the trainer courses for moving and handling of people as well as moving and handling of objects. E-learning courses are also available, and currently the entire Welsh Ambulance service train their paramedics using Solutions Training e-learning software titled Advanced Stroke Life Support for Clinicians.

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