Timeliness of Intravenous Thrombolysis via Telestroke in Georgia

STROKEAHA: July 9, 2013

Background and Purpose—Through 2-way live video and audio communication, telestroke enhances urgent treatment of patients with acute stroke in emergency departments (EDs) without immediate access to on-site specialists. To assess for opportunities to shorten the door to thrombolysis time, we measured multiple time intervals in a telestroke system.

Methods—We retrospectively analyzed 115 records of consecutive acute stroke patients treated with intravenous thrombolysis during a 20-month period via a statewide telestroke system in 17 EDs in Georgia. On the basis of times documented in the telestroke system, we calculated the time elapsed between the following events: ED arrival, telestroke patient registration, start of specialist consultation, head computed tomography, thrombolysis recommendation, and thrombolysis initiation. Read More