Identifying Large Vessel Occlusion (LVO) strokes early is integral to successful treatment of the condition. Because mechanical thrombectomy is now the accepted standard of care for treating LVO, the burden to get these patients to an interventional-capable facility lies with the medics who arrive on scene and perform the first assessment. Taking these patients to a facility that does not have interventional capabilities can greatly delay treatment times, and adversely affect patient outcomes.
For this reason, it is critical to identify LVO patients quickly and accurately, and take them to the most appropriate treatment facility ... even if that means taking them somewhere further away than the closest available hospital. So how can you be sure that the medics on your team are up to speed on what to look for when assessing for LVO? Watch Pulsara's Clinical Specialist, Brandon Means in the video below as he walks you through the most commonly used stroke scales, the three cortical signs to look for, and more.
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