Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
My back ground story is here:http://oc1dean.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-background-story_8.html

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Use of Strategies to Improve Door-to-Needle Times With Tissue-Type Plasminogen Activator in Acute Ischemic Stroke in Clinical Practice

This is totally pathetic. The goal should be negative DTN time. With an objective diagnosis in the ambulance with no neurologist needed you should be able to deliver tPA before you get to the hospital. If that is not your goal then get the fuck out of the way and let actual leaders get that done.  No endpoint was measured of total tPA efficacy of reversing the stroke. What a complete fucking waste of otherwise good research. We might have gotten how many minutes do you have to get full recovery after tPA administration. Does no one even know how to run research?
 http://circoutcomes.ahajournals.org/content/10/1/e003227?etoc=

Findings from Target: Stroke

Ying Xian, Haolin Xu, Barbara Lytle, Jason Blevins, Eric D. Peterson, Adrian F. Hernandez, Eric E. Smith, Jeffrey L. Saver, Steven R. Messé, Mary Paulsen, Robert E. Suter, Mathew J. Reeves, Edward C. Jauch, Lee H. Schwamm, Gregg C. Fonarow
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Abstract

Background—The implementation of Target: Stroke Phase I, the first stage of the American Heart Association’s national quality improvement initiative to accelerate door-to-needle (DTN) times, was associated with an average 15-minute reduction in DTN times. Target: Stroke phase II was launched in April 2014 with a goal of promoting further reduction in treatment times for tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) administration.
Methods and Results—We conducted a second survey of Get With The Guidelines-Stroke hospitals regarding strategies used to reduce delays after Target: Stroke and quantify their association with DTN times. A total of 16 901 ischemic stroke patients were treated with intravenous tPA within 4.5 hours of symptom onset from 888 surveyed hospitals between June 2014 and April 2015. The patient-level median DTN time was 56 minutes (interquartile range, 42–75), with 59.3% of patients receiving intravenous tPA within 60 minutes and 30.4% within 45 minutes after hospital arrival. Most hospitals reported routinely using a majority of Target: Stroke key practice strategies, although direct transport of patients to computed tomographic/magenetic resonance imaging scanner, premix of tPA ahead of time, initiation of tPA in brain imaging suite, and prompt data feedback to emergency medical services providers were used less frequently. Overall, we identified 16 strategies associated with significant reductions in DTN times. Combined, a total of 20 minutes (95% confidence intervals 15–25 minutes) could be saved if all strategies were implemented.
Conclusions—Get With The Guidelines-Stroke hospitals have initiated a majority of Target: Stroke–recommended strategies to reduce DTN times in acute ischemic stroke. Nevertheless, certain strategies were infrequently practiced and represent a potential immediate target for further improvements.

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