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Study: Texting better than paging for speedy stroke treatment

March 26, 2013
by Pamela Tabar, Senior Editor
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When someone has an acute ischemic stroke, every minute counts. The sooner the patient can receive an injection of crucial blood clot-dissolving medication, the better the chances are of recovery.

A recent study conducted at the University of Canifornia–San Francisco found that using real-time text messaging systems could bring help to acute ischemic stroke victims in the emergency room faster than overhead paging systems, according to MedPage Today. When a texting system was used, caregivers were able to reduce the time between arrival in the emergency room to the injection of the blood thinner medication—or the “door-to-needle” time—by 21 minutes. The texting system also allowed caregivers to treat significantly more patients within the 60-minute “golden window” recommended by the American Stroke Association.

The California study results were presented last week at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting in San Diego.

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