Journal article

Intrinsic hospital factors: overlooked cause for variations in delay to transfer for endovascular thrombectomy

Ron Danziger, Christina Tan, Leonid Churilov, Peter Mitchell, Richard Dowling, Steven Bush, Bernard Yan

JOURNAL OF NEUROINTERVENTIONAL SURGERY | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Intrinsic hospital factors leading to time delay to inter-hospital transfer for endovascular thrombectomy (EVT) have not been adequately investigated, leading to uncertainty in generalizability of hub and spoke EVT services. We investigated the contribution of intrinsic hospital factors to variations in time delay in a multicenter, retrospective study. METHODS: The setting was a hub and spoke EVT state-wide system for a population of 6.3 million and 34 spoke hospitals. We collected data on acute large vessel occlusion strokes transferred from spoke to hub for consideration of EVT between January 2016 and December 2018. The primary endpoint was the proportion of variability in del..

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