Stroke specialists’ race against the clock to save patients in new trial
A stopwatch could mean the difference to receiving faster care for time-sensitive treatments such as tPA for stroke in the Emergency Room.
“This is a simple low-cost innovation that we hope will help to improve the outcomes of patients with acute stroke,” says Dr. Richard Swartz, principal investigator of the study and Director of the Stroke Research Unit at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
A large red LED stopwatch clock was attached to the stretcher of stroke patients at the moment of their arrival in the emergency room to act as a constant visual reminder to all team members of the urgency of the situation.
CLOQS is an UTSP study, which would require cooperation from all three sites. More information on the CLOQS trial can be found here.
Watch Dr. Swartz on YouTube below.