Time from image acquisition to endovascular team notification: A new target for enhancing acute stroke workflow

Kurt A. Yaeger, Christina P. Rossitto, Naoum Fares Marayati, Jacques Lara-Reyna, Travis Ladner, Trevor Hardigan, Hazem Shoirah, J. Mocco, Johanna T. Fifi

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Abstract

Objective To quantify the time between initial image acquisition (CT angiography (CTA)) and notification of the neuroendovascular surgery (NES) team, a potentially high yield time window to target for optimization of endovascular thrombectomy (ET) treatment times. Methods We reviewed our multihospital database for all patients with a stroke with emergent large vessel occlusion treated with ET between January 1, 2017 and August 5, 2020. We dichotomized patients into rapid (≤20 min) and delayed (>20 min) notification times and analyzed treatment characteristics and outcomes. Results Of 367 patients with ELVO undergoing ET for whom notification data were available, the median time from CTA to NES team notification was 24 min (IQR 12-47). The median total treatment time was 180 min (IQR 129-252). The median times from CTA to NES team notification for rapid (n=163) and delayed (n=204) cohorts were 11 (IQR 6-15) and 43 (IQR 30-80) min, respectively (p<0.001). The median overall times to reperfusion were 134 min (IQR 103-179) and 213 min (IQR 172-291), respectively (p<0.001). The delayed patients had a significantly lower National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score on presentation (15 (IQR 9-20) vs 16 (IQR 11-22), p=0.03), were younger (70 (IQR 60-79) vs 77 (IQR 64-85), p<0.001), and more often presented with posterior circulation occlusion (16.7% vs 7.4%, p<0.01). The group with rapid notification time had a statistically larger median improvement in NIHSS score from admission to discharge (6 (IQR 0.5-14) vs 5 (IQR 0.5-10), p=0.04). Conclusions Time delays from initial CTA acquisition to NES team notification can prevent expedient treatment with ET. Process improvements and automated stroke detection on imaging with automated notification of the NES team may ultimately improve time to reperfusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-241
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of NeuroInterventional Surgery
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2022

Keywords

  • CT angiography
  • intervention
  • standards
  • stroke

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