Technology is already available to greatly improve outcomes for people suffering from strokes, but the present healthcare system is standing in the way of people getting it, according to Stacey Pugh, VP and general manager of the neurovascular unit at Medtronic.
The most important thing that could boost stroke treatment is passing proper legislation about taking patients in emergency situations to comprehensive stroke centers for proper treatment, Pugh explained during her keynote discussion at DeviceTalks West last month
Technology has changed, but systems of care have not.
“The most important thing we can do today in stroke unfortunately isn’t innovation. It’s legislation,” Pugh said.