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Stroke ; 52(SUPPL 1), 2021.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1234381


Introduction: We assessed the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on stroke admissions and care metrics within a health system of 10 stroke centers, with 4 comprehensive stroke centers (CSC) in the greater Houston region. Methods: Between January-June 2019 and January-June 2020, we compared the proportion of ischemic strokes (total & direct CSC presentations) & intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) relative to total admissions using logistic regression, and among the direct CSC presentations, we compared door to tPA and thrombectomy times using Wilcoxon Rank Sum. Results: A total of 4808 cases were assessed (Table 1). There was an initial drop of ∼30% in cases at the pandemic onset (Fig.1). Numerically fewer patients in the 2020 period were seen at primary and CSCs (Table 1). Compared to 2019, there was a significant reduction in transferred patients [N(%), 829 (36) vs. 637 (34), p=0.02], in hospital strokes [N(%), 111 (5) vs. 69 (4), p=0.04], and mild strokes (NIHSS 1-5) [N (%), 891 (43) vs. 635 (40),p=0.02], and no significant differences in the proportions of total ischemic strokes [OR (95% CI)=0.92 (0.79, 1.06), p=0.23], direct CSC presentations [OR (95% CI) =0.96 (0.86, 1.08), p=0.48] and ICH [OR (95% CI) =1.14 (0.98, 1.33), p=0.08] in 2020 (Fig. 1). Among the direct ischemic strokes at CSCs, there were similar mean (SD) (mins) door to tPA [44 (17) vs. 42 (17), p=0.14] but significantly prolonged door to thrombectomy times [94 (15) vs. 85 (20), p=0.005] in 2020. Conclusion: COVID-19 pandemic led to reduced mild stroke admissions, transfers and in hospital stroke alerts, & prolonged door to thrombectomy times. Identifying reasons to mitigate this discrepancy is crucial for next pandemic preparedness. (Figure Presented).