University Hospital Emergency Medical Services

Brain Attack Team


University Hospital is a nationally recognized stroke treatment center. This designation has led to a life-saving initiative for stroke treatment. When the emergency medical service (EMS) crews at the scene suspect a stroke (within certain criteria), the Brain Attack Team (BAT) at University Hospital is notified. This team of neurologists and neurosurgeons is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to assist stroke patients in receiving the best care possible.

The BAT team is notified via REMCS that a candidate patient is being transported to University Hospital. This team then arrives in the Emergency Department to await the arrival of the patient. Once the patient arrives, the BAT team takes over the assessment of the patient, determining the severity of the stroke and what additional interventions need to be performed. Once this is done, the patient is then sent for an emergency CT scan of the brain to determine what further treatment needs to be given. Stroke recovery times have been greatly reduced, and the residual damage from strokes has also been reduced, with some patients making a complete recovery with no deficits or paralysis.