The past decade's advances in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with stroke have led the Brain Attack Coalition to revise and update its recommendations for the establishment of primary stroke centers.
The coalition first proposed primary stroke centers in 2000 as a means of improving patient care and outcomes, with the possible added benefit of reducing medical costs associated with the condition. Each year, almost 800 000 people in the United States have a new or recurrent stroke, resulting in annual costs exceeding $73 billion.
Mitka M. Coalition Updates Recommendations on Standards for Primary Stroke Centers. JAMA. 2011;306(16):1747-1748. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1551