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Impact of prehospital stroke code in a public center in Paraguay: A pilot study

Impact of prehospital stroke code in a public center in Paraguay: A pilot study

International Journal of Stroke 2019: 1747493019828643

Prehospital stroke code activation results in reduced pre- and in-hospital delays and triage and transport of stroke patients to the right centers. In Paraguay, data about acute reper fusion treatment are not available. Recently, a pilot prehospital stroke code program was implemented in the country in November 2016. In an observational, single-center cohort study with a before-after design, from April 2015 to July 2018, we found that 193/832 (23.1%) of stroke patients were stroke code activated, and from these, 54 (6.5%) were brought to hospital under the prehospital stroke code protocol. Fifty-eight patients (58 alteplase and 2 additional endovascular treatment) received reperfusion therapy. Prehospital stroke code patients had a lower mean door-to-CT time (24 vs. 33 min, p = 0.021) and lower mean door-to-needle time (35.3 vs.76.3 min, p < 0.001) compared to in-hospital stroke code patients. Prehospital stroke code is feasible in Paraguay and has a positive impact on in-hospital acute stroke management, reducing delays and increasing the rates of reperfusion treatments.

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DOI: 10.1177/1747493019828643

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