The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) recognized the substantial and significant opportunity to assist hospitals and healthcare professionals with improving quality of care for stroke patients.
Target: Stroke was developed as an extension of Get With The Guidelines-Stroke in early 2010 to specifically focus nationwide efforts in reducing IV rtPA door to-needle (DTN) times and further support the information translation and educational needs of healthcare providers caring for this patient population.
The goal of Target: Stroke is to achieve DTN times of 60 minutes or less in at least 50% of eligible patients. Through Target: Stroke, hospital teams can work towards eliminating delays and reducing long-term disability in stroke patients.
WHAT ARE THE TARGET STROKE BEST PRACTICE STRATEGIES?
Briefly stated, the Target Stroke Best Practices Strategies are:
Advance Hospital Notification by EMS
Rapid Triage Protocol and Stroke Team Notification
Single Call Activation System
Transfer Directly to CT Scanner
Rapid Acquisition and Interpretation of Brain Imaging
Rapid Laboratory Testing (including point-of-care testing of indicated)
Mix IV rtPA Medication Ahead of Time
Rapid Access to IV rtPA
Prompt Data Feedback
WHAT ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORT TARGET STROKE?
In addition to the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association, many other professional healthcare organizations serve as co-sponsors or supporters of Target: Stroke including,
The American Academy of Neurology
The Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry
The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP)
The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)
The Brain Attack Coalition
American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
American College of Emergency Physicians
National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Society of Neuroradiology
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
NeuroCritical Care Society
The Stroke Belt Consortium
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