Routing Ambulances to Designated Centers Increases Access to Stroke Center Care and Enrollment in Prehospital Research

Stroke, 1 October 2015

Background and Purpose—Emergency medical services routing of patients with acute stroke to designated centers may increase the proportion of patients receiving care at facilities meeting national standards and augment recruitment for prehospital stroke research. …

Conclusions—The establishment of a regionalized emergency medical services system of acute stroke care dramatically increased the proportion of patients with acute stroke cared for at ASCs, from 1 in 10 to >9 in 10, with no clinically significant increase in prehospital care times and enhanced recruitment of patients into a prehospital treatment trial. Read more.

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