Aragon has two stroke units with one bed for every 141,666 inhabitants

The community of Aragon has two stroke units, with nine beds, ie a place for every 141,666 inhabitants, so that does not meet the goal of having one for every 100,000 inhabitants.
This follows from the last report of the Spanish Society of Neurology (SEN), which shows that only 48 percent of the Spanish provinces (in Aragon, one of the three) have stroke units and Cantabria , Asturias and Navarra autonomous communities are the only ones that meet the goal of having a bed for these patients for every 100,000 inhabitants.
It also reveals that La Rioja is the only region that does not have a unity of these characteristics, while Andalusia, Castile-La Mancha and Galicia have to raise them in an "urgent."
In 2025, according to this analysis, 1.2 million Spanish people have survived a stroke, of which 500,000 have a disability.
The Study Group Cerebrovascular Disease (GEECV) SEN the study says that the implementation of these units in Spain is "poor" and especially "unequal."
Although levels of care required in the "Stroke Strategy National Health System (EI)" prepared by the Ministry of Health and signed by all the regional governments, "is far from the goal of stroke care in Spain as good as possible, regardless of where the patient lives and time of day they occur. "
Although stroke units (IU) are present in almost all regions (94 percent), only have them in 48 percent of the provinces.
This is particularly striking in communities such as Andalusia, IU has only 2 of the 8 provinces, Castilla-La Mancha and Galicia, who only have one, or in La Rioja, which has none.
On the other hand, when analyzing the bed ratio UI / number of inhabitants, we found that only Cantabria and Navarre meet the goal of having a bed for every 100,000 inhabitants.
Asturias has joined this list to open last year, the UI Central Hospital. At the bottom of this indicator is set back to Andalusia with a ratio of 1 bed per 1,037,500 inhabitants or La Rioja, which does not have any.
"In recent years, has been shown that the existence of specialized stroke units in hospitals dramatically improve health care and is an effective measure to reduce mortality and neurological sequelae," said Jaime MasjuƔn today, coordinator of GEECV the SEN.
However, it has denounced the lack of a system of well organized stroke care and the lack of adequate resources makes the majority of cases are not conducive to these advantages.
The doctor said that treatment with intravenous thrombolysis has proved the most effective against acute cerebral infarction, although the UI is more used because of the small percentage of patients who, for various risk factors, may receive, from 10 15 percent.
In Spain there are 80 hospitals that intravenous thrombolysis is available, but in 12.5 percent of them is not more than 5 patients per year.
The research results also show that 65 percent of the communities there is a hospital with experience in interventional neurovascular treatment applied when intravenous thrombolysis fails or can not manage.
However, very few ACs that have this treatment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the remainder, only given from 8.00 to 15.00.