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STUDY OBJECTIVE Emergency medical services (EMS) protocols, which route patients with suspected stroke to stroke centers, rely on the use of accurate stroke screening criteria. Our goal is to conduct a statewide EMS agency evaluation of the accuracies of the Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale (CPSS) and the Los Angeles Prehospital Stroke Screen (LAPSS) for(More)
BACKGROUND Our goal was to determine if a statewide Emergency Medical Services (EMSs) Stroke Triage and Destination Plan (STDP), specifying bypass of hospitals unable to routinely treat stroke patients with thrombolytics (community hospitals), changed bypass frequency of those hospitals. METHODS Using a statewide EMS database, we identified stroke(More)
Therapeutic hypothermia has been shown to improve neurologic outcome in medical cardiac arrest patients, yet little is known about factors that delay target temperature achievement. Our primary aim was to identify factors associated with not achieving our institutional "door-to-cool" (DTC) performance goal (emergency department [ED] arrival to temperature(More)
INTRODUCTION The utility of troponin as a marker for acute coronary occlusion and patient outcome after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is unclear. We sought to determine whether initial or peak troponin was associated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), OHCA survival or neurological outcome. METHODS Single-center retrospective-cohort(More)
BACKGROUND Therapeutic hypothermia (TH) improves patient survival with good neurologic outcome after cardiac arrest. The value of early clinician prognostication in the emergency department (ED) has not been studied in this patient population. OBJECTIVE To determine if physicians can accurately predict survival and neurologic outcome at hospital discharge(More)
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