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Pandemic results in decreased global stroke care

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Dr Thanh Nguyen, Boston University School of Medicine, MA, USA
AAN 2021
The volume of global stroke hospitalisations, intravenous thrombolysis (IVT), and IVT interfacility transfers have declined during the COVID-19 pandemic. The consequences of the pandemic on global stroke care were the subject of a cross-sectional, observational, retrospective study. Data was collected from 457 stroke centres in 70 countries, covering 6 continents [1]. Under-resourced countries, low-income regions, and primary stroke centres were the main targets. Results were presented by Dr Thanh Nguyen (Boston University School of Medicine, MA, USA). During the first pandemic peak from March to June 2020, there were 11.5% fewer stroke admissions (n=80,894) than in the 4 preceding months (n=91,373; P=0.0001). Reduction rates were especially high in Africa and North America (see Table). COVID-19 hospitalisations per site correlated with declined rates in stroke admissions. There were similar drops in the rate of IVT attempts (-13.2%; P<0.0001) an...

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