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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...
March 8, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245880/pre-hospital-ct-diagnosis-of-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
#2
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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REVIEW
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
#6
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
#7
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
#10
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
#11
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
#12
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
#13
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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822599/prehospital-and-intra-hospital-time-delays-in-posterior-circulation-stroke-results-from-the-austrian-stroke-unit-registry
#15
Peter Sommer, Leonhard Seyfang, Alexandra Posekany, Julia Ferrari, Wilfried Lang, Elisabeth Fertl, Wolfgang Serles, Thomas Töll, Stefan Kiechl, Stefan Greisenegger
Therapeutic effect of recombinant tissue-plasminogen activator (rt-PA) is time dependent. There is limited evidence whether localization of stroke within the posterior circulation (PCS) is associated with a treatment delay. We aimed to analyze within a nationwide multicenter cohort whether duration of pre- and intra-hospital patient management differs between patients with PCS and anterior circulation strokes (ACS). We studied onset-to-door-times (ODT) and door-to-needle-times (DNT) of all patients with acute ischemic stroke (IS) enrolled in the Austrian Stroke Unit Registry according to infarct localization...
January 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818120/efficacy-and-safety-of-prehospital-administration-of-unfractionated-heparin-enoxaparin-or-bivalirudin-in-patients-undergoing-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-for-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-insights-from-the-orbi-registry
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Vincent Auffret, Guillaume Leurent, Dominique Boulmier, Marc Bedossa, Amer Zabalawi, Jean-Philippe Hacot, Isabelle Coudert, Emmanuelle Filippi, Philippe Castellant, Antoine Rialan, Gilles Rouault, Philippe Druelles, Bertrand Boulanger, Josiane Treuil, Bertrand Avez, Marielle Le Guellec, Martine Gilard, Hervé Le Breton
BACKGROUND: Despite numerous studies in recent years, the best anticoagulant option for primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) remains a matter of debate. AIMS: To compare in-hospital outcomes after prehospital administration of low-dose unfractionated heparin (UFH)±glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors (GPIs), enoxaparin±GPIs, or bivalirudin in patients undergoing primary PCI for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). METHODS: A total of 1720 patients (median age 62...
December 2016: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814743/prehospital-fibrinolysis-versus-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#17
Vincent Roule, Pierre Ardouin, Katrien Blanchart, Adrien Lemaitre, Julien Wain-Hobson, Damien Legallois, Joachim Alexandre, Rémi Sabatier, Paul Milliez, Farzin Beygui
BACKGROUND: Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) is the preferred reperfusion strategy in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), but its benefit over prehospital fibrinolysis (FL) is not clear. METHODS: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials in which outcomes of patients with STEMI managed with FL early in the prehospital setting versus PPCI were compared. RESULTS: Compared with PPCI, FL was consistently associated with similar rates of short-term (30-90 days) death (relative risk [RR] 0...
November 5, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27741992/treatment-of-acute-ischemic-stroke
#18
REVIEW
Matthew S Siket
Although stroke declined from the third to fifth most common cause of death in the United States, the annual incidence and overall prevalence continue to increase. Since the available US Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment options are time dependent, improving early stroke care may have more of a public health impact than any other phase of care. Timely and efficient stroke treatment should be a priority for emergency department and prehospital providers. This article discusses currently available and emerging treatment options in acute ischemic stroke focusing on the preservation of salvageable brain tissue, minimizing complications, and secondary prevention...
November 2016: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27741991/diagnosis-of-acute-ischemic-stoke
#19
REVIEW
Lauren M Nentwich
Acute ischemic stroke is a challenging and time-sensitive diagnosis. Diagnosis begins with rapid detection of acute stroke symptoms by the patient, their family or caregivers, or bystanders. If acute stroke is suspected, EMS providers should be called for rapid assessment. EMS providers will utilize prehospital stroke tools to diagnose and determine potential stroke severity. Once at the hospital, the stroke team works rapidly to solidify the patient history, perform a focused neurologic examination and obtain necessary laboratory tests and brain imaging to accurately diagnose acute ischemic stroke and properly treat the patient...
November 2016: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27720525/predictive-value-of-modifications-of-the-prehospital-rapid-arterial-occlusion-evaluation-scale-for-large-vessel-occlusion-in-patients-with-acute-stroke
#20
David Carrera, Bruce C V Campbell, Jordi Cortés, Montse Gorchs, Marisol Querol, Xavier Jiménez, Mònica Millán, Antoni Dávalos, Natalia Pérez de la Ossa
BACKGROUND: Prehospital clinical scales to identify patients with acute stroke with a large vessel occlusion (LVO) and direct them to an endovascular-capable stroke center are needed. We evaluated whether simplification of the Rapid Arterial oCclusion Evaluation (RACE) scale, a 5-item scale previously validated in the field, could maintain its high performance to identify patients with LVO. METHODS: Using the original prospective validation cohort of the RACE scale, 7 simpler versions of the RACE scale were designed and retrospectively recalculated for each patient...
January 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
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