Journal article

The Need for Structured Strategies to Improve Stroke Care in a Rural Telestroke Network in Northern New South Wales, Australia: An Observational Study

Yumi Tomari Kashida, Carlos Garcia-Esperon, Thomas Lillicrap, Ferdinand Miteff, Pablo Garcia-Bermejo, Shyam Gangadharan, Beng Lim Alvin Chew, William O'Brien, James Evans, Khaled Alanati, Andrew Bivard, Mark Parsons, Jennifer Juhl Majersik, Neil James Spratt, Christopher Levi

FRONTIERS IN NEUROLOGY | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2021

Abstract

Introduction: A telestroke network in Northern New South Wales, Australia has been developed since 2017. We theorized that the telestroke network development would drive a progressive improvement in stroke care metrics over time. Aim: This study aimed to describe changes in acute stroke workflow metrics over time to determine whether they improved with network experience. Methods: We prospectively collected data of patients assessed by telestroke who received multimodal computed tomography (mCT) and were diagnosed with ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack from January 2017 to July 2019. The period was divided into two phases (phase 1: January 2017 - October 2018 and phase 2: November..

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