How to Reduce Time to Treatment
For many conditions, reducing the time to treatment has a strong correlation to patient outcomes. Stroke is one such example. In fact, according to The Journal of Emergency Medicine, patients who receive treatment within the first 90 minutes after having a stroke have better outcomes. Since May is Stroke Awareness Month, there’s no better time to consider how your hospital can reduce time to treatment.
The “Golden Hour” and Stroke Care
The National Institute of Health recommends that treatment teams complete certain milestones within an hour—known as the Golden Hour—in order to improve outcomes for stroke patients.
What happens during the Golden Hour?
- 10 minutes – Physician evaluates stroke patient
- 15 minutes – Notify stroke consultant
- 25 minutes – CT scan
- 45 minutes – Receive CT and lab results
- 60 minutes – Administer thrombolytics to patients who qualify
Time-Saving Strategies to Implement Now
“Faster treatment, better outcomes. Sold. Now how do I do it?” We’re so glad you asked.
- Use digital hospital alerting. These tools allow for EMS providers in the field to send highly informative alerts to the ED. With images and written data, digital alerts provide more useful information than a verbal conversation ever could.
- Pre-register patients. Every minute you can shave off pre-treatment administration time is a minute faster to treatment. Collect registration data from your EMS partners while they are en-route and get a head start on registration before the patient is even in the hospital.
- Activate your stroke team to a precise ETA. Using a GPS-informed ETA from the ambulance, you can activate you team appropriately and be ready to administer care immediately upon arrival.
Hospital Alerting by ESO
TrackEMS® is a digital hospital alerting system for any and all conditions, including stroke. The HIPAA-compliant app sends data from the medic’s mobile device to a web-based dashboard within the hospital. Alerts include photos, videos, EKG reports, basic patient registration information, a GPS-informed ETA and more. From the dashboard, ED coordinators and nurses can activate and communicate with teams through text messages. Learn more about TrackEMS.