Dr Nikhil Panpalia - working with a vision to to reduce Post stroke disabilities
WSO & Stroke
The World Stroke Organization (WSO) is the world’s leading global organization in
the fight against stroke. Each year 17 million people suffer stroke worldwide; of these nearly 6 million die and another 5 million are permanently disabled. Stroke is the second leading cause of death and the third leading cause of disability in lost disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). Yet, at least half of all strokes are potentially preventable with appropriate awareness and prevention. Furthermore, given the
strong links between stroke and dementia, preventable dementia is also a key objective.
What is Code Stroke ?
, ‘Code Stroke’ is a metaphoric alert button pushed by a team of Devki Staff who are trained. to identify neurological emergencies, the moment they initiate ‘Code Stroke’, a brain resuscitation team reaches the emergency room within 5 minutes; within 15 minutes, an MRI is done for a conclusive diagnosis.
According to Dr Nikhil Panpalia ;, in cases of acute stroke an MRI should ideally be done within 30 minutes “but I have often seen that we lose time in mobilizing help”. In these past six months, the hospital has successfully saved lives, in the past one month alone; while five were general brain related cases, the other five were clearly stroke cases.
“Four out of every 10 emergency cases in the country are neurological in nature. The foremost aim of ENLS is to treat the patient as soon as possible. Just as in heart-related emergencies where heart is resuscitated, ENLS calls for brain resuscitation,” said Dr Nikhil In an artery, a clot might be compensated by other functional arteries. In a brain, even a single non-functional cell could affect a body function, and hence every second matters. All major hospitals have cardiac life support as a basic training requirement for emergency doctors and nurses. Hence, cardiac emergencies are picked up and treated rather quickly. The brain, according to Dr Nikhil, is as vital an organ and needs urgent support.