Zent works to curb deaths resulting from strokes

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Monday, February 20, 2017 3:00 pm

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 20, 2017) — The House Committee on Public Health today unanimously passed State Rep. Denny Zent’s (R-Angola) bill helping stroke patients receive the treatment they need.

Zent said this proposal would require the emergency medical services commission to adopt rules concerning protocols for stroke patients.

“Strokes are the fourth-leading cause of death in Indiana, and the first cause of adult disability nationally,” Zent said. “Minutes count, and during a stroke, it is especially important to get the patient to the hospital with the right equipment, personnel and protocols as soon as possible. House Bill 1145 will ensure that when a patient calls 911, the patient is taken to the closest hospital that has capacity to fully treat acute stroke. This bill will save lives and ensure local EMS providers have the freedom and guidance necessary to transport stroke patients directly to certified-stroke hospitals.”

Zent said this proposal would also urge the legislative council to establish a statewide plan for the improvement of care provided to stroke patients.

House Bill 1145 now moves to the full House for further consideration. To learn more about this bill, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) represents House District 51, which

includes most of LaGrange and Steuben counties. 

A high-resolution photo of Zent can be downloaded by clicking here.