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

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Door to Needle Time Metric Can Be Achieved via Telestroke

Lazy bastards, the goal is negative time, in the ambulance, prior to reaching the hospital.  Take the subjectivity and neurologist out of the equation. It can be done.

Hats off to Helmet of Hope - stroke diagnosis in 30 seconds

Microwave Imaging for Brain Stroke Detection and Monitoring using High Performance Computing in 94 seconds

New Device Quickly Assesses Brain Bleeding in Head Injuries - 5-10 minutes

 

Just because you blithering idiots aren't up-to-date on research doesn't mean that you can leave stroke patients to die because of your lack of knowledge.
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1941874417704753
First Published April 16, 2017


The administration of intravenous (IV) alteplase to patients with stroke via telestroke (TS) can be safe and effective. It remains unclear how quickly IV alteplase occurs during TS evaluations. We sought to compare door to needle times (DNTs) between patients receiving IV alteplase who present directly to our comprehensive stroke center (CSC) and those presenting to community hospitals in our TS network. Consecutive patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS) who presented to emergency departments and received IV alteplase between August 2014 and June 2015 were identified at our CSC and TS network. Median DNTs with interquartile ranges were calculated in each cohort. During the study period, 117 patients with AIS (mean age 71 ± 15 years, 47% women) receiving IV alteplase were included in the analysis (65 CSC and 52 TS). Median DNT at our CSC was significantly shorter compared to TS sites (CSC: 43 [35-55] minutes vs TS: 54 [41-71] minutes, P < .01). The proportion of patients receiving IV alteplase ≤60 minutes of presentation was significantly higher at our CSC compared to our TS network (CSC 84.6% vs TS 63.5%, P = .02). Differences in favorable discharge to home were not significant (CSC 60% vs TS 46%, P = .14). Guideline-recommended DNTs ≤60 minutes can be achieved in community hospitals with TS guidance. Initiatives are required to better resemble DNTs found at stroke centers.

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