NewYork-Presbyterian Collaborates with the FDNY to Launch First Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit on the East Coast

NewYork-Presbyterian, in collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medicine, and the FDNY announced the launch of the Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit (MSTU), the first of its kind on the East Coast. The MSTU is an emergency vehicle specially equipped to provide immediate, specialized care to patients who may be having a stroke.  According to Columbia MTSU lead Dr. Randolph Marshall, on the second day out the MSTU team “administered tPA to a patient at a stellar stroke onset-to-treatment time of 55 minutes!” This rapid time frame is often referred to as “the Golden Hour.”  Dr. Marshall added that the "hope is that deployment of the MSTU will substantially shorten our average treatment times, and thereby improve outcomes for all stroke patients in our catchment area."

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