This is NOT my video. I found it randomly while looking for something else on Facebook. What I was looking for is not important, but this video is and is funny as well.
It sums up my thoughts on so called “Stroke Ambulances”. Especially as used in the pilot programs in various urban areas. What a waste of money.
I was at a presentation some months ago where a very earnest nurse was explaining all of the benefits of stroke ambulances. The problem was that she didn’t mention any of the disadvantages or even the cost factor and Return on Investment. She told us that a specialized ambulance would cost about $150,00.00. I was very polite in my critique, other than the opening where I said “Welcome to Shark Tank.”
Her cost estimates were wildly optimistic, not limited to the bare vehicle cost. Which would be much closer to $250.000.00 for the type of unit needed. Plus the $400,00.00 cost for the CT unit. Not to mention that the response radius in at least one of the pilot systems is less than one square mile from the hospital. Oh, then if the patient rules out for tPA, the stroke ambulance stays on scene and calls for a regular 9-1-1 ambulance.
I kid you not.
Anyway, here is the video, courtesy of Jason Kodat MD.
Since this isn’t a Youtube video, you’ll have to click on the link. Be sure to set sub titles to “On”.