Monash Health has been awarded with the Quality Stroke Service Merit Award for providing endovascular clot retrieval within 90 minutes of hospital arrival.
This is a national award established by the Australian Stroke Coalition to honour high performing hospitals, using data submitted to the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry.
To get a patient from the door to the angiography suite for clot retrieval, significant coordination is required across the departments of emergency medicine, radiology and neurology.
The Merit Award for achieving a median door-to-groin time of under 90 minutes includes advanced CT scans, which alone take 20 to 25 minutes to complete.
Once the teams have made an assessment, they can then perform an endovascular clot retrieval (ECR) procedure, which involves removing blood clots occluding a brain vessel through an intra-arterial approach. ECR is a highly effective treatment that reduces the occurrence of disability after an ischemic stroke.
Monash Medical Centre is one of only four hospitals in Australia to be recognised with the Merit Award. It is the second year that the National Quality Stroke Service Awards have been awarded by the Australian Stroke Coalition. You can learn more by visiting the Stroke Foundation website.
Approved by Bill Sievert, Program Director, Acute Subacute and Community Program and Angus Henderson, Director, Enterprise Strategy and Development