New stroke care concept: 53 more valuable minutes for the brain

New stroke care concept: 53 more valuable minutes for the brain

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German researchers develop new care concept for stroke
Around 270,000 people suffer a stroke in Germany every year. This disease is considered the most common cause of permanent disabilities worldwide. German researchers have now developed a new care concept for those affected that brings valuable time to the brain.

Many deaths would be avoidable
Every year, more than a quarter of a million Germans suffer a stroke. This is one of the most common causes of death in Germany. What is often neglected: It also affects younger people. This can be dangerous because they often only recognize the stroke late. But quick action is vital. According to experts, many deaths would be avoidable if stroke symptoms were quickly identified and those affected were treated promptly. German researchers have now developed a new concept that brings valuable time to the patient.

Every minute counts in stroke treatment
Every minute counts in the treatment of a stroke! The longer the brain is not adequately supplied with oxygen and nutrients, the more brain cells die. This leads to permanent restrictions. Stroke is the most common cause of permanent disability worldwide.

A new care concept developed by an interdisciplinary team of stroke researchers at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) brings 53 minutes of valuable time for the brain.

According to a communication from the university, the Göttingen concept organizes and speeds up the workflow from the arrival of a patient with stroke symptoms in the emergency room to treatment.

According to the information, a model procedure for the treatment of acute stroke patients then coordinates the responsibilities of the doctors involved, defines the most important cornerstones of the treatment measures and specifies the guideline times for the individual steps between arrival and treatment.

Structured procedure between delivery and treatment
The "Clinical Stroke Research" working group of the UMG evaluated the effects of such a structured procedure on the time between admission and treatment and on the patient's complaints and recently published the results in the international journal "PLOS ONE".

"By standardizing the processes and structured cooperation between the individual clinics involved in stroke treatment, the time to treatment at the UMG was significantly reduced," explained Dr. Katharina Schregel, Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology and first author of the publication.

"As a result, the degree of disability of stroke patients was significantly reduced," said Dr. Liman from the Department of Neurology.

Win more minutes
The time saved of 53 minutes between the arrival of the patient in the emergency room and treatment also significantly improved the treatment result:

The experts report that the number of patients who are completely symptom-free after endovascular treatment has increased from 1.5 percent before the schedule was introduced to 9.1 percent.

At the same time, the number of permanently severely affected patients fell from 44.3 percent to 36.4 percent.

The Göttingen researchers want to improve the concept even further. According to her, the UMG "Clinical Stroke Research" is currently working on reducing the time between admission and treatment even further and further optimizing the work processes. (ad)

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Video: Emergency Brain Imaging in Stroke (May 2022).