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Journal of Stroke Medicine ; : 25166085211000915, 2021.
Article in English | Sage | ID: covidwho-1153966


The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the health system worldwide. Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the world. Asia has a diverse health system and more than two-thirds of strokes occur in this region. The Asian Stroke Advisory Panel (ASAP) conducted a survey among the member countries to explore the impact of COVID-19 on stroke care. The stroke admission numbers have fallen, as have the number of patients who received thrombolysis and mechanical thrombectomy. The stroke unit and rehabilitation beds have been reallocated for COVID-19 care. ASAP recommends emergency department screening of stroke patients for COVID-19 and protected stroke code to be activated for COVID-19 suspect stroke patients. Noncontrast computed tomography (CT), CT angiography, and CT chest are the imaging modalities of choice. All health care professionals involved in triaging, imaging, and stroke care should wear appropriate personal protective equipment. All eligible stroke patients (COVID suspect/positive/non-COVID) should receive intravenous thrombolysis/mechanical thrombectomy. Mobile stroke units and robots can be used wherever available for evaluation and triaging. All stroke patients should receive standard stroke unit care. Limited rehabilitation should be offered to patients and training of caregivers if needed. Telemedicine/telestroke should be used for rehabilitation and follow-up. The ASAP consensus statement can be adapted to suit local and national health care systems.