The multidisciplinary team, led by neurologist Dr. David Djan, stroke coordinator Dineo Magasela, and unit manager Katlego Tabana, achieved diamond status in all but one area where gold status was secured. The emergency and trauma program within Netcare hospitals contributes to the RES-Q quality of stroke care registry, a project that assists healthcare systems across the world to improve stroke outcomes for patients.
Stroke ready facilities are equipped to provide advanced stroke interventions that can help reduce the severity of a stroke and save lives if initiated as soon as possible after the onset of a stroke. The Angels Initiative, which was launched in 2016, has established over 1400 new stroke-ready hospitals worldwide and treated an estimated 7.5 million patients in more than 6000 hospitals. The initiative involves the submission of data to an international stroke registry database (RES-Q), where it is benchmarked against over 7320 participating hospitals worldwide.
According to specialist neurologist Dr. David Djan, more than 80 stroke patients were seen at Netcare Alberton Hospital's stroke unit between July and December 2022 and received seamless care underpinned by the Angels initiative. The multidisciplinary team confers to decide which treatment or combination of treatments are required, including medication to dissolve clots, a mechanical thrombectomy to remove a blood clot and restore crucial blood flow to the brain, or conservative treatments.
Urgent medical treatment can save lives and improve outcomes for stroke patients. The sooner appropriate emergency intervention and medical treatment are received in a hospital after the onset of a stroke, the better the chances of survival, minimizing brain damage, and limiting other complications. Netcare's stroke ready facilities include Netcare Milpark Hospital, Netcare Sunninghill Hospital, Netcare Unitas Hospital, Netcare uMhlanga Hospital, and Netcare N1 City.