Pediatric Stroke Protocol
Stroke in children is relatively uncommon compared to the adult population. Nevertheless, it is estimated a stroke occurs in one of every 50,000 children each year. As a result, physicians at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital see several potential stroke cases every year. Our hospital now has the capability to save the lives of these children thanks to our pediatric stroke protocol, which involves answering key questions to quickly determine if the patient suffered a stroke, and if so, what treatment is appropriate. The type of treatment used is based on the patient's symptoms and the amount of time elapsed since the onset of those symptoms.
The pediatric stroke protocol we created is now being shared with other children's hospitals nationwide. Thanks to the expertise of our neurology staff, more pediatric providers will have the capability to properly diagnose, treat and save the lives of pediatric stroke patients.