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What are Comprehensive Stroke Centers required to have?

Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers are required to:
  • have dedicated neurointensive care unit beds for complex stroke patients and provide neurocritical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • use advanced imaging capabilities
  • meet minimum requirements for providing care to patients with a diagnosis of subarachnoid hemorrhage, performing endovascular coiling or surgical clipping procedures for aneurysm and administering intravenous tPA (tissue plasminogen activator)
  • coordinate post-hospital care for patients
  • use a peer review process to evaluate and monitor the care provided to patients with ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke
  • participate in stroke research

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