Strategies Used by Hospitals to Improve Speed of Tissue-Type Plasminogen Activator Treatment in Acute Ischemic Stroke

STROKEAHA: April 8, 2014

Background and Purpose—The benefits of intravenous tissue-type plasminogen activator in acute ischemic stroke are time dependent, and several strategies have been reported to be associated with more rapid door-to-needle (DTN) times. However, the extent to which hospitals are using these strategies and their association with DTN times have not been well studied.

Methods—We surveyed 304 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke hospitals joining Target: Stroke regarding their baseline use of strategies to reduce DTN times in the January 2008 to December 2009 time frame before the initiation of Target: Stroke and determined the association between hospital strategies and DTN times. Read More