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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Caring for Stroke Still a Problem for Small Hospitals

The Journal of Hospital Medicine published an article in its September 2010 edition titled "Trends in Thrombolytic Use for Ischemic Stroke in the United States". While data indicate an upward trend in tPA administration, overall rates of administration in the United States are still low.

Hospitals with 6-99 beds administered tPA 0.52% of the time and hospitals 100-199 beds administered tPA to ischemic stroke patients only 0.90%. These rates are alarmingly small given our knowledge of current best practices and recommendations by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association. Reasons for low administration rates vary from hospital to hospital however, opportunities to address these issues do exist.

For patients in small communities, stroke care could improve dramatically with access to a stroke specialist and often the only way these specialists are available is via telemedicine. Eagle's stroke specialists are available 24/7 and work with each facility individually to appropriately treat stroke patients. To learn more about Eagle's services visit our website at - www.EagleHospitalPhysicians.com -