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Interv Neuroradiol ; 27(1_suppl): 19-23, 2021 Oct.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1477211

ABSTRACT

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic affected the healthcare system in a major way generally. Healthcare re-organization of resources and manpower, establishing management protocols and specific patients' pathways are all evolving with the continuously changing situation. Neuro-vascular management and its re-organization are part of these global measures to cope with this pandemic in a way to establish less risky patients' pathways, help in patients' triage, protecting the staff by introducing training and applying safety measures and to manage neuro-vascular emergencies and elective activity. We here describe the situation of the pandemic affecting neuro-vascular interventions and propose our recommendations for patients' triage, resources management and organization, remote solutions and preparations for any future waves.


Subject(s)
COVID-19 , Pandemics , Delivery of Health Care , Humans , SARS-CoV-2 , Triage
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J Neurointerv Surg ; 13(10): 863-864, 2021 Oct.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1276987
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Life (Basel) ; 11(6)2021 May 27.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1256597

ABSTRACT

Stroke remains one of the leading causes of death and disability in Europe. The European Stroke Action Plan (ESAP) defines four main targets for the years 2018 to 2030. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the use of innovative technologies and created pressure to improve internet networks. Moreover, 5G internet network will be helpful for the transfer and collecting of extremely big databases. Nowadays, the speed of internet connection is a limiting factor for robotic systems, which can be controlled and commanded potentially from various places in the world. Innovative technologies can be implemented for acute stroke patient management soon. Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are used increasingly often without the exception of medicine. Their implementation can be achieved in every level of stroke care. In this article, all steps of stroke health care processes are discussed in terms of how to improve them (including prehospital diagnosis, consultation, transfer of the patient, diagnosis, techniques of the treatment as well as rehabilitation and usage of AI). New ethical problems have also been discovered. Everything must be aligned to the concept of "time is brain".

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J Neurointerv Surg ; 13(2): e1, 2021 Feb.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-883391

ABSTRACT

This is a report of the first three cases of endovascular aneurysm treatment that were proctored by a remote interventionalist using a novel high-resolution low-latency streaming technology. The proctor was located in a neurovascular centre and supported the treating interventional teams in two distant cities (up to 800 km/500 miles apart). All aneurysms were treated using the Woven EndoBridge (WEB) embolisation system, either electively or following subarachnoid haemorrhage. On-site proctoring was not possible due to travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. WEB placement was feasible in all cases. Good rapport between proctors and treating physicians was reported, enabled by the high-resolution image transmission and uninterrupted feedback/discussion via audiostream. No clinical complications were encountered. Short-term follow-up revealed adequate occlusion of all treated aneurysms. The employed streaming technology provided effective remote proctoring during complex aneurysm cases, including the management of technical complications.


Subject(s)
COVID-19 , Endovascular Procedures/methods , Intracranial Aneurysm/surgery , Neurosurgical Procedures/methods , Pandemics , Telemedicine/methods , Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation , Communication , Embolization, Therapeutic , Feedback , Humans , Treatment Outcome , Videoconferencing
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BMJ Case Rep ; 13(10)2020 Oct 04.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-814252

ABSTRACT

This is a report of the first three cases of endovascular aneurysm treatment that were proctored by a remote interventionalist using a novel high-resolution low-latency streaming technology. The proctor was located in a neurovascular centre and supported the treating interventional teams in two distant cities (up to 800 km/500 miles apart). All aneurysms were treated using the Woven EndoBridge (WEB) embolisation system, either electively or following subarachnoid haemorrhage. On-site proctoring was not possible due to travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. WEB placement was feasible in all cases. Good rapport between proctors and treating physicians was reported, enabled by the high-resolution image transmission and uninterrupted feedback/discussion via audiostream. No clinical complications were encountered. Short-term follow-up revealed adequate occlusion of all treated aneurysms. The employed streaming technology provided effective remote proctoring during complex aneurysm cases, including the management of technical complications.


Subject(s)
Betacoronavirus , Coronavirus Infections/prevention & control , Endovascular Procedures/methods , Intracranial Aneurysm/therapy , Pandemics/prevention & control , Pneumonia, Viral/prevention & control , Telemedicine/methods , Angiography, Digital Subtraction/methods , COVID-19 , Humans , Intracranial Aneurysm/diagnostic imaging , SARS-CoV-2
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J Clin Med ; 9(8)2020 Aug 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-711365

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Intracranial hemorrhage has been observed in patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection (COVID-19), but the clinical, imaging, and pathophysiological features of intracranial bleeding during COVID-19 infection remain poorly characterized. This study describes clinical and imaging characteristics of patients with COVID-19 infection who presented with intracranial bleeding in a European multicenter cohort. METHODS: This is a multicenter retrospective, observational case series including 18 consecutive patients with COVID-19 infection and intracranial hemorrhage. Data were collected from February to May 2020 at five designated European special care centers for COVID-19. The diagnosis of COVID-19 was based on laboratory-confirmed diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2. Intracranial bleeding was diagnosed on computed tomography (CT) of the brain within one month of the date of COVID-19 diagnosis. The clinical, laboratory, radiologic, and pathologic findings, therapy and outcomes in COVID-19 patients presenting with intracranial bleeding were analyzed. RESULTS: Eighteen patients had evidence of acute intracranial bleeding within 11 days (IQR 9-29) of admission. Six patients had parenchymal hemorrhage (33.3%), 11 had subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) (61.1%), and one patient had subdural hemorrhage (5.6%). Three patients presented with intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) (16.7%). CONCLUSION: This study represents the largest case series of patients with intracranial hemorrhage diagnosed with COVID-19 based on key European countries with geospatial hotspots of SARS-CoV-2. Isolated SAH along the convexity may be a predominant bleeding manifestation and may occur in a late temporal course of severe COVID-19.

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J Neurointerv Surg ; 12(8): 726-730, 2020 Aug.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-629793

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: This survey was focused on the provision of neurointerventional services, the current practices of managing patients under COVID-19 conditions, and the expectations for the future. METHODS: Invitations for this survey were sent out as a collaborative effort of the European Society of Minimally Invasive Neurological Therapy (ESMINT), the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS), the Sociedad Iberolatinoamericana de Neuroradiologia Diagnostica y Terapeutica (SILAN), the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology (SVIN), and the World Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology (WFITN). RESULTS: Overall, 475 participants from 61 countries responded (six from Africa (1%), 81 from Asia (17%), 156 from Europe (33%), 53 from Latin America (11%), and 172 from North America (11%)). The majority of participants (96%) reported being able to provide emergency services, though 26% of these reported limited resources. A decrease in emergency procedures was reported by 69% of participants (52% in ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, 11% ischemic, and 6% hemorrhagic stroke alone). Only 4% reported an increase in emergency cases. The emerging need for social distancing and the rapid adoption of remote communication was reflected in the interest in establishing case discussion forums (43%), general online forums (37%), and access to angio video streaming for live mentoring and support (33%). CONCLUSION: Neurointerventional emergency services are available in almost all centers, while the number of emergency patients is markedly decreased. Half of the participants have abandoned neurointerventions in non-emergent situations. There are considerable variations in the management of neurointerventions and in the expectations for the future.


Subject(s)
Betacoronavirus , Coronavirus Infections , Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Humans , Neurosurgical Procedures , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , SARS-CoV-2 , Surveys and Questionnaires
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