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Calif. county orders emergency stroke patients sent off-island

Ambulance providers generally transport emergency stroke patients to the nearest hospital, like Alameda Hospital, which is not a certified stroke center


By Michele Ellson
Contra Costa Times

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Emergency stroke victims who call 911 for help now may be transported off-Island to designated stroke centers following a decision by county emergency services officials to revoke a county protocol that had ambulance drivers taking local patients to Alameda Hospital instead.

The county informed Alameda Hospital of the decision in a Nov. 24 letter, and the change went into effect Wednesday. The list of certified stroke centers in Alameda County includes Kaiser Permanente facilities in Oakland and Fremont, Alta Bates Summit Medical Centers in Oakland and Berkeley, Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley and Washington Hospital in Fremont.

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