Journal article

Strategic framework improves access to stroke reperfusion across the state of Victoria Australia

Janet E Bray, Sonia Denisenko, Bruce CV Campbell, Michael Stephenson, Jason Muller, Grant Hocking, Peter J Hand, Christopher F Bladin



BACKGROUND: In 2010, rapid access to stroke thrombolysis centres was limited in some regional areas in the Australian state of Victoria. These results, and planning for endovascular clot retrieval (ECR), have led to the implementation of strategies by the Victorian Stroke Clinical Network, the Victorian Stroke Telemedicine Program and local health services to improve state-wide access. AIMS: To examine whether access to stroke reperfusion services (thrombolysis and ECR) in regional Victoria have subsequently improved. METHODS: The locations of suspected stroke patients attended by ambulance in 2015 were mapped, and drive times to the nearest reperfusion services were calculated. We then calc..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by Heart Foundation (HF)

Funding Acknowledgements

The VST program acknowledges financial support from the Commonwealth Government-Health and Hospital Fund, Victorian Stroke Clinical Network, Victorian Department of Business and Innovation, Monash University, Boehringer Ingelheim. J. E. Bray and B. C. V. Campbell are funded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Heart Foundation (HF) Fellowships (J. E. Bray: NHMRC no. 1069985 and HF no. 100136; B. C. V. Campbell: NHMRC no. 1111972 and HF no. 100782).