Agatharied Hospital: Faster help for severe strokes
Created: 05/28/2022, 17:00
By: Christian Masengarb
Agatharied Hospital is part of the FIT pilot project.
© Thomas Plettenberg
The Agatharied hospital is part of a pilot project: Specialists are flown to the patient - not the patient to the specialist doctor.
That's supposed to save lives.
Agatharied – As part of the Flying Intervention Team (FIT) pilot project at the Harlaching Clinic in Munich, the Agatharied hospital has tested methods that are intended to help patients with severe strokes more quickly and thus save lives.
The core of the project is the approach of no longer flying patients to the rare specialist doctors who operate on these diseases, but rather the specialists to the patients, explains Dr.
Christiane Landgrebe, Senior Physician at Agatharieder Neurology and responsible for stroke patients.
On average, the project saved around 90 minutes per patient.
"If you consider that about 1.9 million nerve cells in the brain die every minute during a stroke, every second counts for the patient."
Christiane Landgrebe Senior Physician in the Department of Neurology at Agatharied Hospital © mm
The project came about because of the special care that patients with severe stroke need, says Landgrebe.
Although Agatharied Hospital is prepared for types of stroke that are treated with drugs, with acute and emergency medicine, a certified stroke unit, radiology and neurology departments, none of the specialists who perform the surgery necessary for large blood clots work there.
These are so rare that they only work in large clinics.
Flight to Harlaching burdened patients more
So far, the Agatharied Hospital has had patients with severe strokes flown to intervention centers such as the Harlaching Clinic.
This puts more strain on the patients and also takes longer because of the additional medical equipment that has to be transported.
Flying doctors to patients solves both problems.
Landgrebe tells of a man with a severe stroke, whom the Agatharieder doctors were preparing for the operation while the specialist from Munich flew in by helicopter.
Arrived on site, he immediately started the operation.
About an hour and a half after the patient first noticed symptoms, doctors removed the clot with a catheter inserted through the groin into the brain.
The rapid treatment reduces the risk of severe brain damage, says Landgrebe: "For the patients, the flying doctors are real saviors from the air."
FIT project continues
Because of the positive results, the clinics involved are continuing the FIT project.
In the Agatharied hospital, too, the flying specialists will continue to bring quick help to the patient, a spokeswoman confirms when asked.
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The clinic in Harlaching even wants to expand the project, in the course of which Munich doctors cared for 117 patients in 13 clinics in south-eastern Bavaria over a period of three years.
Since stroke is the third leading cause of death nationwide, but specialists are rare, the FIT project creates "an important strategy to bring high-quality therapies to rural areas," writes the clinic in a press release.
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