Analysis of a Coordinated Stroke Center and Regional Stroke Network on Access to Acute Therapy and Clinical Outcomes

American Heart Association: November 13, 2012

Background and Purpose—Compare access and outcomes in a tertiary care community hospital (Saint Luke’s Neuroscience Institute) and its stroke network to hospitals in 3 national databases.

Methods—Retrospective analysis of ischemic stroke patients (2005, 2007, 2010) in Saint Luke’s (n=1576), Get With The Guidelines-Stroke (n=423 809), Premier (n=91 598), and Merci Registry (n=966). Study measures were use of computed tomography scans and tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage, discharge disposition, discharge National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale scores, and 90-day modified Rankin Scores. Read more