Identifying Gaps and Missed Opportunities for Intravenous Thrombolytic Treatment of Inpatient Stroke

Background: Inpatient stroke-codes (ISC) have traditionally seen low treatment rates with IV-thrombolytic (IVT). The purpose of this study was to identify the predictors of true stroke, prevalent IVT-treatment gap and study the factors associated with such missed treatment opportunities (MTO).Methods: A retrospective chart review identified ISC from March 2017 to March 2018. Clinical, radiographic and demographic data were collected. Primary analysis was performed between stroke vs. non-stroke diagnoses. Dichotomous variables were analyzed using Chi-Square test of proportions and continuous variables with Wilcoxon-Ranked-Sum test. Significant factors were then tested in a multivariate logistic regression model for independence.Results: From 211 ISC, 36% (n = 76) had an acute stroke. Hemorrhagic stroke (HS) was present in 5.7% (n = 12). Of the remaining 199, 44% (n = 87) were IVT-eligible but only 3.4% (n = 3) were treated. Of the remaining 84 IVT-eligible-but-untreated patients, 69(82.1%) were mimics, while 15 (17.9%) had an ischemic stroke (IS), constituting a MTO of 1 in 6 IVT-eligible patients, with National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) ≤4 being the commonest deterrent. Independent predictors of stroke were ejection fraction (EF)
Source: Frontiers in Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research

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Source: Neurochemical Research - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Neurochem Res Source Type: research
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Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Clinical Case Report Source Type: research
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Source: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Neurol Neurochir Pol Source Type: research
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