HOUSTON – January 28, 2018 – From points all across Texas, the Lone Star Stroke Consortium has enrolled nearly 70 patients in a study that could improve outcomes for some stroke patients who need a procedure usually provided only by comprehensive stroke centers (CSC). The IAT-Times study aims to improve transfer times for stroke patients who would benefit from intra-arterial therapy for large vessel occlusion.
The study will first describe the current landscape of IAT transfer times from primary stroke centers to comprehensive stroke centers by examining the records of stroke patients.The next step will be to identify barriers/delays in the transfer process. Researchers will determine which hospitals have the longest and shortest transfer times and share the data with each of the Lone Star Stroke Consortium hospitals.
Patient enrollment is complete at several hubs and spokes. A total of 68 patients have been enrolled with a goal of 100 patients.
The objective of the study is for each LSS hospital to learn from each other and evaluate best practices associated with shorter transfer times that could be implemented throughout the network. Researchers will then propose specific process improvement initiatives depending on the data analysis from Phase 1.