What performance measures should be evaluated in hospitals with specialized stroke teams?

Updated: May 27, 2020
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Hospitals with specialized stroke teams have demonstrated significantly increased rates of fibrinolytic administration, decreased door-to-needle (DTN) times, and decreased mortality. Cumulatively, the center should identify performance measures and include mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the system, as well as its component parts. The acute care of the stroke patient is more than anything a systems-based team approach requiring the cooperation of the ED, radiology, pharmacy, neurology, and intensive care unit (ICU) staff.


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