When someone suffers from a stroke, minutes count. A new law helping stroke patients receive necessary treatment could prevent permanent and extensive damage to the patient’s brain.

State Rep. Denny Zent successfully pushed for legislation this year providing EMS personnel with access to information about surrounding hospitals so they are able to decide which hospital is closest and best equipped to treat a stroke patient. This new law also encourages more hospitals to seek stroke certification.

Zent says this legislation deals with a health issue that could likely affect every Hoosier family at some point. The goal is to get the patients to the correct hospitals with the right equipment, the right personnel and the right protocols to receive treatment. This will help save time and lives.

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