Journal article

No Evidence of the "Weekend Effect" in the Northern New South Wales Telestroke Network

Thomas Lillicrap, Alex Pinheiro, Ferdinand Miteff, Pablo Garcia-Bermejo, Shyam Gangadharan, Thomas Wellings, Billy O'Brien, James Evans, Khaled Alanati, Andrew Bivard, Mark Parsons, Christopher Levi, Carlos Garcia-Esperon, Neil Spratt

Frontiers in Neurology | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2020

Abstract

Background: Admission outside normal business hours has been associated with prolonged door-to-treatment times and poorer patient outcomes, the so called "weekend effect. " This is the first examination of the weekend effect in a telestroke service that uses multi-modal computed tomography. Aims: To examine differences in workflow and triage between in-hours and out-of-hours calls to a telestroke service. Methods: All patients assessed using the Northern New South Wales (N-NSW) telestroke service from April 2013 to January 2019 were eligible for inclusion (674 in total; 539 with complete data). The primary outcomes measured were differences between in-hours and out-of-hours in door-to-call-t..

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