Assessing variability in neurointerventional practice patterns for acute ischemic stroke

J NeuroIntervent Surg: 12/12/12


Background
 Intra-arterial therapy (IAT) is increasingly used to treat patients with acute stroke with large vessel occlusions. There are minimal data and guidelines for treatment indications and performance standards. We aimed to gain a better understanding of real-world practice patterns for IAT.

Methods An internet-based survey was launched to address six specific areas of IAT: practice setting, operator background, operational protocols, quality/safety, decision-making and treatment strategies. The survey invitation was distributed to members of multiple neurointerventional societies.

Results Responses from 140 neurointerventionalists worldwide were analyzed. The median annual volume of IAT cases per institution was 40, and the median neurointerventional group size was three staff members. Independent predictors of case volume were presence of comprehensive stroke services and telestroke capability.  Read More