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Benjamin Y Andrew, Colleen M Stack, Julian P Yang, Jodi A Dodds
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the effect of method and time of system activation on clinical metrics in cases utilizing the Stop Stroke (Pulsara, Inc.) mobile acute stroke care coordination application. METHODS: A retrospective cohort analysis of stroke codes at 12 medical centers using Stop Stroke from March 2013 to May 2016 was performed. Comparison of metrics (door-to-needle time [DTN] and door-to-CT time [DTC], and rate of DTN ≤ 60 minutes [goal DTN]) was performed between subgroups based on method (emergency medical service [EMS] versus emergency department [ED]) and time of activation...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432194/diagnostic-value-of-prehospital-ecg-in-acute-stroke-patients
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Tobias Bobinger, Bernd Kallmünzer, Markus Kopp, Natalia Kurka, Martin Arnold, Stefan Heider, Stefan Schwab, Martin Köhrmann
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the diagnostic yield of prehospital ECG monitoring provided by emergency medical services in the case of suspected stroke. METHODS: Consecutive patients with acute stroke admitted to our tertiary stroke center via emergency medical services and with available prehospital ECG were prospectively included during a 12-month study period. We assessed prehospital ECG recordings and compared the results to regular 12-lead ECG on admission and after continuous ECG monitoring at the stroke unit...
April 21, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413705/acute-stroke-alert-activation-emergency-service-use-and-reperfusion-therapy-in-sweden
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Marie Eriksson, Eva-Lotta Glader, Bo Norrving, Birgitta Stegmayr, Kjell Asplund
OBJECTIVES: Ambulance services and stroke alerts reduce the time from stroke onset to acute stroke diagnosis. We describe the use of stroke alerts and ambulance services in different hospitals and patient groups and their relationship with reperfusion therapy. METHODS: This nationwide study included 49,907 patients admitted with acute stroke who were registered in The Swedish Stroke Register (Riksstroke) in 2011-2012. RESULTS: The proportions of patients admitted as stroke alerts out of all acute stroke admissions varied from 12...
April 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399897/prehospital-ambulance-stroke-test-pilot-study-of-a-novel-stroke-test
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Gunnar Andsberg, Magnus Esbjörnsson, Arne Olofsson, Arne Lindgren, Bo Norrving, Mia von Euler
BACKGROUND: There is a need for a prehospital stroke test that in addition to high sensitivity for stroke, also is able to communicate stroke severity similar to the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS). METHODS: The PreHospital Ambulance Stroke Test (PreHAST), an eight item test based on NIHSS, which scores stroke severity from 0-19 points, was designed and adapted for the ambulance services. In the pilot study the ambulance nurses used PreHAST to assess patients with suspected stroke in the prehospital setting...
April 11, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389617/a-dedicated-spanish-language-line-increases-enrollment-of-hispanics-into-prehospital-clinical-research
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Nerses Sanossian, Lauren Rosenberg, David S Liebeskind, Sidney Starkman, Marc Eckstein, Samuel Stratton, Franklin D Pratt, Scott Hamilton, May Kim-Tenser, Latisha K Sharma, Lucas Restrepo, Miguel Valdes-Suieras, Robin Conwit, Jeffrey L Saver
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Novel methods are needed to reduce the disparity of Hispanic enrollment in stroke clinical trials. Prehospital enrollment using a dedicated Spanish language line may help overcome this bias. METHODS: Subjects or legally authorized representatives provided information on race and ethnicity for all cases enrolled in the FAST-MAG clinical trial (Field Administration of Stroke Therapy-Magnesium), a prehospital phase 3 randomized study of intravenous magnesium for neuroprotection...
April 7, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339314/an-analysis-of-ems-and-ed-detection-of-stroke
#6
Ian Medoro, David C Cone
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Studies have shown a reduction in time-to-CT and improved process measures when EMS personnel notify the ED of a "stroke alert" from the field. However, there are few data on the accuracy of these EMS stroke alerts. The goal of this study was to examine diagnostic test performance of EMS and ED stroke alerts and related process measures. METHODS: The EMS and ED records of all stroke alerts in a large tertiary ED from August 2013-January 2014 were examined and data abstracted by one trained investigator, with data accuracy confirmed by a second investigator for 15% of cases...
March 24, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275084/reduction-in-time-to-treatment-in-prehospital-telemedicine-evaluation-and-thrombolysis
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Ather Taqui, Russell Cerejo, Ahmed Itrat, Farren B S Briggs, Andrew P Reimer, Stacey Winners, Natalie Organek, Andrew B Buletko, Lila Sheikhi, Sung-Min Cho, Maureen Buttrick, Megan M Donohue, Zeshaun Khawaja, Dolora Wisco, Jennifer A Frontera, Andrew N Russman, Fredric M Hustey, Damon M Kralovic, Peter Rasmussen, Ken Uchino, Muhammad S Hussain
OBJECTIVE: To compare the times to evaluation and thrombolytic treatment of patients treated with a telemedicine-enabled mobile stroke treatment unit (MSTU) vs those among patients brought to the emergency department (ED) via a traditional ambulance. METHODS: We implemented a MSTU with telemedicine at our institution starting July 18, 2014. A vascular neurologist evaluated each patient via telemedicine and a neuroradiologist and vascular neurologist remotely assessed images obtained by the MSTU CT...
April 4, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245880/pre-hospital-ct-diagnosis-of-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
#8
Maren Ranhoff Hov, Annette Ryen, Katrine Finsnes, Janne Storflor, Thomas Lindner, Jostein Gleditsch, Christian Georg Lund
BACKGROUND: Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is associated with higher mortality in the acute phase than other stroke types. There is a particular risk of early and devastating re-bleeding. Patients therefore need urgent assessment in a neurosurgical department, and the shorter the time from symptom onset to diagnosis the better. CASE PRESENTATION: The Norwegian Acute Stroke Pre-hospital Project (NASPP) has developed a Mobile Stroke Unit (MSU) model, which is staffed with anesthesiologists also trained in pre-hospital clinical assessment of acute stroke patients and interpretation of computerized tomography (CT)...
February 28, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235958/prehospital-emergency-care-in-childhood-arterial-ischemic-stroke
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Belinda Stojanovski, Paul T Monagle, Ian Mosley, Leonid Churilov, Fiona Newall, Grant Hocking, Mark T Mackay
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Immediately calling an ambulance is the key factor in reducing time to hospital presentation for adult stroke. Little is known about prehospital care in childhood arterial ischemic stroke (AIS). We aimed to determine emergency medical services call-taker and paramedic diagnostic sensitivity and to describe timelines of care in childhood AIS. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of ambulance-transported children aged <18 years with first radiologically confirmed AIS, from 2008 to 2015...
February 24, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229894/mobile-stroke-units-for-prehospital-thrombolysis-triage-and-beyond-benefits-and-challenges
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Klaus Fassbender, James C Grotta, Silke Walter, Iris Q Grunwald, Andreas Ragoschke-Schumm, Jeffrey L Saver
In acute stroke management, time is brain. Bringing swift treatment to the patient, instead of the conventional approach of awaiting the patient's arrival at the hospital for treatment, is a potential strategy to improve clinical outcomes after stroke. This strategy is based on the use of an ambulance (mobile stroke unit) equipped with an imaging system, a point-of-care laboratory, a telemedicine connection to the hospital, and appropriate medication. Studies of prehospital stroke treatment consistently report a reduction in delays before thrombolysis and cause-based triage in regard to the appropriate target hospital (eg, primary vs comprehensive stroke centre)...
March 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213572/impact-of-expanding-the-prehospital-stroke-bypass-time-window-in-a-large-geographic-region
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Ian G Stiell, Catherine M Clement, Kristy Campbell, Mukul Sharma, Doug Socha, Marco L A Sivilotti, Albert Jin, Jeffrey J Perry, Jim Lumsden, Cally Martin, Mark Froats, Richard Dionne, John Trickett
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The Ontario Acute Stroke Medical Redirect Paramedic Protocol (ASMRPP) was revised to allow paramedics to bypass to designated stroke centers if total transport time would be <2 hours and total time from symptom onset <3.5 hours. We sought to evaluate the impact and safety of implementing the Revised ASMRPP. METHODS: We conducted a 12-month implementation study involving prehospital patients presenting with possible stroke symptoms. A total of 1317 basic and advanced life support paramedics, of 9 land services in 10 rural counties and 5 cities, used the Revised ASMRPP to take appropriate patients directly to 6 designated stroke centers...
February 17, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157743/clinical-evaluation-of-the-patient-with-acute-stroke
#12
Andrew M Southerland
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article reviews the clinical evaluation of the patient with acute stroke, including key questions in the focused stroke history, important aspects of the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale and focused neurologic examination, and the significance of the basic head CT scan in informing a timely treatment decision. RECENT FINDINGS: Advances in both stroke treatment and enhanced diagnostics support an evolving paradigm for acute stroke care, ranging from the prehospital setting to the rehabilitative setting...
February 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121225/prospective-prehospital-evaluation-of-the-cincinnati-stroke-triage-assessment-tool
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Jason T McMullan, Brian Katz, Joseph Broderick, Pamela Schmit, Heidi Sucharew, Opeolu Adeoye
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: A simple, easily adoptable scale with good performance characteristics is needed for EMS providers to appropriately triage suspected stroke patients to comprehensive stroke centers (CSC). Many existing tools are complex, require substantial training, or have not been prospectively validated in the prehospital setting. We describe the feasibility and effectiveness of prehospital implementation of our previously retrospectively derived and validated Cincinnati Stroke Triage Assessment Tool (C-STAT) to identify subjects with severe stroke (NIHSS ≥15) among all prehospital patients with clinical suspicion of stroke/TIA...
January 25, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094089/use-of-emergency-medical-transport-and-impact-on-time-to-care-in-patients-with-ischaemic-stroke
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A Olascoaga Arrate, M M Freijo Guerrero, C Fernández Maiztegi, I Azkune Calle, R Silvariño Fernández, M Fernández Rodríguez, P Vazquez Naveira, A Anievas Elena, I Iturraspe González, Y Pérez Díez, R Ruiz Fernández
INTRODUCTION: According to numerous studies, using emergency medical services (EMS) to transport stroke patients to hospitals decreases diagnostic and treatment delays. OBJECTIVES: To determine the frequency of use of EMS by stroke patients in Bizkaia (Spain), analyse the factors associated with using EMS, and study the impact of EMS on time to care. METHODS: We gathered data from 545 patients hospitalised for acute ischaemic stroke and recruited consecutively...
January 13, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087807/field-validation-of-the-los-angeles-motor-scale-as-a-tool-for-paramedic-assessment-of-stroke-severity
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Joon-Tae Kim, Pil-Wook Chung, Sidney Starkman, Nerses Sanossian, Samuel J Stratton, Marc Eckstein, Frank D Pratt, Robin Conwit, David S Liebeskind, Latisha Sharma, Lucas Restrepo, May-Kim Tenser, Miguel Valdes-Sueiras, Jeffrey Gornbein, Scott Hamilton, Jeffrey L Saver
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The Los Angeles Motor Scale (LAMS) is a 3-item, 0- to 10-point motor stroke-deficit scale developed for prehospital use. We assessed the convergent, divergent, and predictive validity of the LAMS when performed by paramedics in the field at multiple sites in a large and diverse geographic region. METHODS: We analyzed early assessment and outcome data prospectively gathered in the FAST-MAG trial (Field Administration of Stroke Therapy-Magnesium phase 3) among patients with acute cerebrovascular disease (cerebral ischemia and intracranial hemorrhage) within 2 hours of onset, transported by 315 ambulances to 60 receiving hospitals...
February 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087804/clinical-selection-strategies-to-identify-ischemic-stroke-patients-with-large-anterior-vessel-occlusion-results-from-sits-istr-safe-implementation-of-thrombolysis-in-stroke-international-stroke-thrombolysis-registry
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Jan F Scheitz, Azmil H Abdul-Rahim, Rachael L MacIsaac, Charith Cooray, Heidi Sucharew, Dawn Kleindorfer, Pooja Khatri, Joseph P Broderick, Heinrich J Audebert, Niaz Ahmed, Nils Wahlgren, Matthias Endres, Christian H Nolte, Kennedy R Lees
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) correlates with presence of large anterior vessel occlusion (LAVO). However, the application of the full NIHSS in the prehospital setting to select patients eligible for treatment with thrombectomy is limited. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the prognostic value of simple clinical selection strategies. METHODS: Data from the Safe Implementation of Thrombolysis in Stroke International Stroke Thrombolysis Registry (January 2012-May 2014) were analyzed retrospectively...
February 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27951536/glial-fibrillary-acidic-protein-for-prehospital-diagnosis-of-intracerebral-hemorrhage
#17
Michal Rozanski, Carolin Waldschmidt, Alexander Kunz, Ulrike Grittner, Martin Ebinger, Matthias Wendt, Benjamin Winter, Kerstin Bollweg, Kersten Villringer, Jochen B Fiebach, Heinrich J Audebert
BACKGROUND: Both, acute ischemic stroke (AIS) and hemorrhage stroke (intracerebral hemorrhage, ICH) require early attention but different treatment strategies. Plasma glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) levels were found to be elevated in ICH patients after they arrived in the hospital. Because treatment options differed, we sought to determine whether GFAP can be used to accurately differentiate between of AIS and ICH in the prehospital setting. METHODS: We assessed acute stroke patients in the Stroke Emergency Mobile (STEMO)...
2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894558/helicopter-scene-response-for-stroke-patients-a-5-year-experience
#18
Andrew Hawk, Catherine Marco, Matt Huang, Bonnie Chow
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the usefulness of an emergency medical service (EMS)-requested air medical helicopter response directly to the scene for a patient with clinical evidence of an ischemic cerebrovascular accident (CVA) and transport to a regional comprehensive CVA center. METHODS: CareFlight, an air medical critical care transportation service, is based in Dayton, OH. The 3 CareFlight helicopters are geographically located and provided transport to all CVA scene patients in this study...
November 2016: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834751/stroke-thrombolysis-in-a-centralized-and-a-decentralized-system-helsinki-and-telemedical-project-for-integrative-stroke-care-network
#19
Gordian J Hubert, Atte Meretoja, Heinrich J Audebert, Turgut Tatlisumak, Florian Zeman, Sandra Boy, Roman L Haberl, Markku Kaste, Peter Müller-Barna
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Intravenous thrombolysis with tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) for acute ischemic stroke is more effective when delivered early. Timely delivery is challenging particularly in rural areas with long distances. We compared delays and treatment rates of a large, decentralized telemedicine-based system and a well-organized, large, centralized single-hospital system. METHODS: We analyzed the centralized system of the Helsinki University Central Hospital (Helsinki and Province of Uusimaa, Finland, 1...
November 10, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27827326/cutting-the-prehospital-on-scene-time-of-stroke-thrombolysis-in-helsinki-a-prospective-interventional-study
#20
Tuukka Puolakka, Markku Kuisma, Sami Länkimäki, Jyrki Puolakka, Juhana Hallikainen, Kirsi Rantanen, Perttu J Lindsberg
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Significant portion of the prehospital delay consists of minutes spent on the scene with the patient. We implemented a training program for the emergency medical services personnel with the aim to optimize the on-scene time (OST) and to study the impact of different elements of prehospital practice to the OST duration. METHODS: In this prospective interventional study, key operational emergency medical service performance variables were analyzed from all thrombolysis candidates transported to the Helsinki University Hospital emergency department...
November 8, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
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