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Quantitative and qualitative evaluation tool in planning stroke treatment strategies: the “Safe implementation of treatments in stroke Monitoring Study (SITS MOST)” registry

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A decade ago, stroke was the first leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Croatia. Nowadays, we record reduction in stroke incidence, as well as stroke consequences—invalidity and mortality. These are due to long-term planned actions in the field of public health as well as actions performed by professional organizations. Today, we can be satisfied with improvement in that field, but there are still things we can improve, at the first place improvement of the emergency medicine network due to Croatian-specific topographical characteristics to reduce onset-to-door time. In this paper, we evaluated results from 11 Croatian hospitals in the period 11/2005–11/2012. To find out about the past and present state in applying thrombolytic therapy in Croatia and to plan further actions in light of new studies and efforts in Europe and in the world, all with the aim of improvement in stroke prevention and acute treatment resulting in reduction of stroke morbidity, mortality and symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage as well as better functional outcome. Our results have shown that we improved stroke treatment in the last decade, but further actions should be performed to raise public stroke awareness and to improve emergency medicine network as well as in hospital protocols.

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Bašić Kes, V., Zavoreo, I., Vargek-Solter, V. et al. Quantitative and qualitative evaluation tool in planning stroke treatment strategies: the “Safe implementation of treatments in stroke Monitoring Study (SITS MOST)” registry. Acta Neurol Belg 114, 95–106 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13760-013-0249-8

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Keywords

  • Thrombolytic therapy
  • Croatia
  • SITS MOST
  • Onset-to-door time
  • Door-to-needle time