J Am Heart Assoc.: March 26, 2013
Background The Joint Commission began certifying primary stroke centers (PSCs) in December 2003 and provides a standardized definition of stroke center care. It is unknown if PSCs outperform noncertified hospitals. We hypothesized that PSCs would use more recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt‐PA) for ischemic stroke than would non‐PSCs.
Methods and Results Data were obtained from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample from 2004 to 2009. Read more