Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) on Friday created history by being the first govt medical college in India to successfully carry out thrombolysis on a patient with a stroke in a mobile van.
The 65-year-old patient came from a tea garden in Dibrugarh.
He was taken care of in the Casualty department of the medical college and a CT scan was done in the mobile van itself.
Thrombolysis, also known as thrombolytic therapy, is a treatment to dissolve dangerous clots in blood vessels, improve blood flow, and prevent damage to tissues and organs.
AMCH principal cum chief superintendent Dr. Sanjeeb Kakati said that the procedure was carried out inside the mobile van within three hours of the patient suffering an acute stroke.
The facility is developed under an ICMR stroke project.
The case was treated by an ER team led by neurologist Dr. Binod Sharma, Dr. Anupam Dutta and his team of stroke nurses under the leadership of Dr. Sanjeeb Kakati.
“AMC has created history today by successfully carrying out the first thrombolysis within three hours of the event of acute stroke and CT scan was done in a Mobile Stroke Van,” Dr. Kakati said.
He said this is the first instance of a government medical college to carry out the procedure.
“The Mobile facility is ICMR funded and unique to medical colleges of entire Eastern India. The Mobile Stroke Van has an in-built CT scanner, telemedicine and provision of prompt Thrombolytic Therapy. This has given the ability to diagnose and treat a patient with stroke at the doorstep if detected within four and half hours,” Dr. Kakati added.