Emergency assessment and care: "Stroke Stat"
If you suspect that a child in your care may be experiencing acute onset of a stroke and would like our help with assessment or treatment, call the Boston Children's Hospital Communications Center at 617-355-2170 (or toll free 866-771-KIDS). The Cerebrovascular Disorders and Stroke Program team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
A “Stroke Stat” call activates our stroke team to evaluate children with acute stroke, especially those who are still within 4.5 hours of documented onset of symptoms. We encourage rapid transfer of patients to Boston Children’s Emergency Department, where patients will be evaluated to see if they quality for thrombolytic treatment with tPA. We can arrange transport through the Boston Children’s Transport Team or by Boston MedFlight.
When to refer
Image at right: Boston Children's Stroke Stat examination room
Signs of strokes in infants and children can be subtle. We recommend rapid referral to a pediatric stroke center if a child has sudden onset of any of these symptoms:
- weakness on one side of the body
- loss of vision
- ataxia or difficulty maintaining gait stability
- expressive or receptive language function
- loss of sensation on one side of the body
- new, unexplained seizure, especially if followed by post-ictal lateralized weakness
- sudden alteration of consciousness
For non-urgent referrals, phone us at 617-355-2758.
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