Clinical Resources and Tools

Updated:Apr 17,2017

Target: Stroke provides hospitals with a variety of resources to help achieve Target: Stroke goals. American Heart Association/American Stroke Association expert field staff can also provide consultation to hospitals to improve door-to-needle times.

Target: Stroke Phase II Manual

Target: Stroke Phase II Flyer
This flyer provides information about Target: Stroke Phase II, including information about the new Honor Roll levels.

Target: Stroke Best Practices
This document outlines the 11 key best practice strategies for reducing door-to-needle times for intravenous tPA in acute ischemic stroke.

Laboratory Testing: Tips for Reducing Door-to-Needle Times Without Compromising Patient Safety
This tool provides three tips to tips to avoid laboratory delays to improve your patient’s door-to-needle times.

Target: Stroke EMS Guide
Rapid intervention is crucial in the treatment of stroke. This document provides a brief synopsis of management of patients with a suspected stroke.

Stroke Quality Feedback Report
This document is an example of a stroke quality feedback report that can be used by hospitals to reduce their door to needle times.

Target: Stroke Phase II Patient Time Tracker
This document is an example of stroke patient time tracker that can be used by hospitals to reduce their door to needle times by tracking information such as door to TPA time, door to CT/MRI time, Door to stroke team notification, as well as other important information.

Target: Stroke Phase II Direct to CT Protocol
Protocols for the transport of stroke patients by EMS directly to the imaging suite and bypassing the conventional ED triage and full assessment process have been associated with door-to-needle times of <30 minutes and substantial improvements in door-to-needle times reported by select centers. This is included as one of the Target: Stroke Phase II Best Practice Strategies.

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