Each year, more than 600 stroke victims are treated at the “Stroke Unit” of the Civil Marie Curie Hospital, where care is provided 24 hours a day by a neurologist on call and an interventional neuroradiologist. The Charleroi University Hospital has invested in the field to deploy human and material resources so that each patient can benefit from these treatments at any time and quickly, including patients referred by other hospitals in the region.
“Currently, in Belgium, we still deplore the lack of clear identification of the centers capable of providing stroke care, which is however essential to send the patient directly to the hospital most capable of to offer him the necessary treatments, explains Dr. Anne Dusart, neurologist. The idea of obtaining certification from the ESO, which is the European scientific organization of reference for stroke care, therefore germinated naturally. With the help of the Quality Unit, we launched the project at the end of 2020… in the midst of a pandemic. The work consisted of bringing together all of the actors involved throughout the care process, from the patient’s arrival in the emergency room to their post-hospitalization rehabilitation. We already had a very good foundation, but this made it possible to reconnect all the stakeholders to rewrite and optimize all the care procedures”.
Many services mobilized
The multidisciplinary team mobilized around this project brings together medical and nursing staff from many departments such as Neurology, Emergency, Interventional Radiology, Intensive Care, Neurosurgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiology, Neuro -revalidation than the various paramedics who provide rehabilitation and revalidation (physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, neuropsychologists, etc.).
Take charge quickly
For a patient suffering from a stroke, every minute counts: rapid access to a specialized structure (Stroke Unit) makes it possible to reduce mortality and disability. In addition, emergency treatments such as thrombolysis and thrombectomy (aimed at unblocking the clogged cerebral artery) allow patients, if administered quickly, to quickly recover their neurological functions.
Already covering part of Hainaut and Namur, Marie Curie’s Stroke Center has just passed the milestone of 500 cerebral thrombectomies performed since 2015 (between 85 and 90 per year). He hopes that this certification will allow him to further expand the offer of care for patients suffering from stroke, but also to open up new avenues in terms of clinical and scientific projects.