Operational research seeks benefit for stroke victims
Who is this relevant to? Those with responsibility for stroke services, emergency departments and ambulance services
Background The study investigates the process of emergency treatment after acute stroke from a blocked artery in the brain. The early administration of the clot-busting drug Alteplase can greatly improve recovery: up to four and a half hours from the onset of a stroke, but in that time the patient needs to call an ambulance, get to hospital, have a brain scan, and be assessed by specialists before receiving the treatment.
We are analysing the whole process from identification, to transport to hospital and treatment. This includes paramedics, the emergency department team, triage nurses, the acute stroke team and the radiology department.