Role of a critical pathway for door-to-CT-completion interval in the management of acute ischemic stroke patients in the emergency room

Masaru Suzuki, Akira Imai, Masanori Honda, Kenji Kobayashi, Shujiro Ohtsuka

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Objective: Door-to-CT-completion interval (DCI) for acute ischemic stroke patients is one of the clinical indicators of quality assurance in an emergency room (ER). The aim was to clarify whether the critical pathway improves the DCI for acute stroke patients in the ER. Methods: The pathway describes each step in patient evaluation in sequence from the patient's arrival in the ER until the brain CT is completed. Whether to use the pathway when evaluating individual patients is left to the discretion of the physician. After excluding 8 cases with insufficient data, 52 cases diagnosed with acute stroke (29 males, 69.9 ± 12.4 y/o) in the ER between January and February 2003 were retrospectively identified. A logistic regression analysis was used to assess the impact of application of the pathway on achievement of an acceptable DCI (< 25 min). Results: The pathway was applied in 21.2% of the cases included in the study, and the median DCI was reduced from 48 minutes to 22 minutes as a result (P = 0.02). Comparing them with the DCI, the probability values for ambulance use, consciousness disturbance, history of stroke, and application of the pathway in univariate analyses were less than 0.10. These variables were entered into the logistic analysis, which that indicated application of the pathway was the strongest variable related to acceptable DCI (OR: 10.92, 95% CI: 1.22 to 97.96). Conclusion: Application of the pathway was associated with an improvement of the DCI. Use of the pathway will improve the quality of the process of care in the ER.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-250
Number of pages4
JournalKeio Journal of Medicine
Volume53
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Dec

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Critical Pathways
Hospital Emergency Service
Stroke
Ambulances
Quality of Health Care
Consciousness
Logistic Models
Regression Analysis
Physicians
Brain

Keywords

  • Cerebrovascular disorders
  • Computed tomography
  • Critical pathway
  • Emergency care
  • Quality indicator

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  • Medicine(all)

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Role of a critical pathway for door-to-CT-completion interval in the management of acute ischemic stroke patients in the emergency room. / Suzuki, Masaru; Imai, Akira; Honda, Masanori; Kobayashi, Kenji; Ohtsuka, Shujiro.

In: Keio Journal of Medicine, Vol. 53, No. 4, 12.2004, p. 247-250.

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Suzuki, Masaru ; Imai, Akira ; Honda, Masanori ; Kobayashi, Kenji ; Ohtsuka, Shujiro. / Role of a critical pathway for door-to-CT-completion interval in the management of acute ischemic stroke patients in the emergency room. In: Keio Journal of Medicine. 2004 ; Vol. 53, No. 4. pp. 247-250.
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