Improved stroke management

It is estimated that every year more than 10 million people in the world have a stroke, and more than 6 million of the victims die. Stroke victims are getting younger, and the global burden of stroke is increasing. The average lifetime cost of a stroke patient has been estimated to between 55 and 69 thousand dollars, while the annual cost of stroke has been estimated to 64 billion Euros in Europe and to 34 billion dollars in the US.
Early detection and diagnosis of stroke will shorten the time to relevant treatment, reduce brain damage and subsequent dysfunction for the patients and thereby reducing the cost for society.
Stroke is a local brain injury caused by hypoxia and cell death due to reduced blood supply to an area of the brain. This can lead to physical functional impairments (such as paralysis), cognitive impairments (such as language disorders and memory disorders) and psychiatric conditions (such as depression). Stroke is often a consequence of an underlying chronic vascular disease that leads to blood vessels in the brain being occluded by a blood clot or breaking leading to hemorrhage in the brain.

 

 

Traumatic brain injury increases in an aging population

In our western society traumatic brain injuries has become more frequent due to falls at home in an aging population, while in emerging economies the incidence is still increasing due to road traffic accidents. In Europe 2,5 million people each year will experience some form of trauma leading to brain injury. Of these, 1 million will be hospitalized and 75,000 will die. In the United States, the annual burden of traumatic brain injury has been estimated to more than 75 billion dollars, where the cost of disability and loss of productivity represents 4 times more than the cost for medical treatment and rehabilitation.
With an improved screening of the brain injury already at the place of accident, unnecessary suffering may be avoided. If transported to a hospital that gives the patient adequate care already from the start, lives can be saved, disability can be minimised and money saved for society.