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Neurol Res ; 43(10): 823-830, 2021 Oct.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1347977

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Objectives: The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on endovascular therapy (EVT) for acute ischemic stroke in China is unknown. This study was aimed to verify the volume change of EVT for acute ischemic stroke affected by COVID-19 and its potential factors.Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted via an online questionnaire survey in China. The questionnaire was mainly composed of descriptive information, volume change of EVT for acute ischemic stroke, and the protection status of medical staff.Results: A total of 103 stroke physicians in 28 provinces across China completed the survey questionnaire. A volume decline in EVT for acute stroke occurred in 93 (90.3%) hospitals after lockdown (23 January 2020). Nearly half of the hospitals (51/103, 49.5%) experienced a volume decline of EVT case more than 50% and 14 (13.6%) hospitals completely ceased offering EVT. Hospitals with decline >50% of EVT case had higher proportion of hospitals with a designated area for COVID-19 screening in the emergency room (44/51, 86.3% vs 34/52, 65.4%, p= 0.01) and medical staff in quarantine (19/51, 37.3% vs 7/52, 13.5%, p< 0.01), with lower proportion of hospitals with personal protective equipment protocol (41/51, 80.4% vs 49/52, 94.2%, p= 0.03) than hospitals with decline ≤50%.Conclusions: The volume of EVT for acute ischemic stroke severely declined after lockdown in China. Designating a specific area for COVID-19 screening, insufficient personal protection and understaffing may exacerbate the volume decline of EVT.


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COVID-19 , Endovascular Procedures/statistics & numerical data , Ischemic Stroke/surgery , China , Cross-Sectional Studies , Humans , SARS-CoV-2 , Surveys and Questionnaires
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Rev Neurol ; 73(3): 89-95, 2021 08 01.
Article in English, Spanish | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1320651

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INTRODUCTION: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) impacted emergency services worldwide. AIM: We aimed to evaluate COVID-19 effect on the number of stroke code activations and timings during the first two months of the pandemic. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We reviewed the stroke code database of a single comprehensive stroke centre in Portugal for the number of activations through 2019-2020. We compared the pathway timings between March and April 2020 (COVID-19 period) and the homologous months of the previous four years (pre-COVID-19 period), whilst using February as a control. RESULTS: Monthly stroke code activation rates decreased up to 34.2% during COVID-19 pandemic. Compared to the pre-COVID-19 period, we observed an increase in the time from symptom onset to emergency call, with a significant number of patients waiting more than four hours (March 20.8% vs. 6.8%, p = 0.034; April 23.8% vs. 6%, p = 0.01); as well as an increase in the time from symptom onset to hospital arrival (March: median 136 minutes [IQR 106-410] vs. 100 [IQR 64-175], p = 0.001; April: median 188 [IQR 96-394] vs. 98 [IQR 66-168], p = 0.007). No difference between both periods was found concerning in-hospital times, patient characteristics, stroke/mimic diagnosis, stroke severity, and mortality. CONCLUSION: COVID-19 related factors probably reduced healthcare services utilization, and delayed emergency calls and hospital arrival after stroke onset. These highlight the importance of health education to improve the effectiveness of medical assistance. The preservation of in-hospital times validates the feasibility of the protected stroke code protocol.


TITLE: El impacto de la pandemia de COVID-19 en la activación del Código Ictus y en el tiempo desde el inicio de los síntomas hasta la llegada al hospital en un centro de ictus portugués.Introducción. La enfermedad por coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) provocó un considerable impacto mundial en los servicios de emergencia. Objetivo. Se pretende evaluar el efecto de la COVID-19 sobre el número y los tiempos de activaciones del Código Ictus en el comienzo de la pandemia. Material y métodos. Se revisó la base de datos del Código Ictus de un centro de ictus de Portugal entre 2016 y 2020. Se compararon los tiempos de activación entre marzo y abril de 2020 (período COVID-19) y los meses homólogos de los cuatro años anteriores, mientras que se utilizó febrero como control. Resultados. Las tasas mensuales de activación disminuyeron hasta el 34,2% durante la pandemia. En comparación con el período previo, se observó un aumento del tiempo desde los síntomas hasta la llamada de emergencia, con un aumento de pacientes que esperaron más de cuatro horas (marzo: 20,8 frente a 6,8%, p = 0,034; abril: 23,8 frente a 6%, p = 0,01) y del tiempo desde los síntomas hasta la llegada al hospital ­marzo: mediana de 136 minutos (rango intercuartílico [RIC]: 106-410) frente a 100 (RIC: 64-175), p = 0,001; abril: mediana de 188 (RIC: 96-394) frente a 98 (RIC: 66-168), p = 0,007­. No hubo diferencias en los tiempos de internamiento, las características de los pacientes, el diagnóstico de ictus/stroke mimics, la gravedad del ictus o la mortalidad. Conclusión. Los factores relacionados con la COVID-19 redujeron la utilización de los servicios sanitarios y retrasaron las llamadas de emergencia y el tiempo de llegada al hospital. Esto demuestra la importancia de la educación sanitaria para mejorar la eficacia de la asistencia médica.


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COVID-19 , Emergencies/epidemiology , Emergency Treatment/statistics & numerical data , Pandemics , Patient Acceptance of Health Care/statistics & numerical data , SARS-CoV-2 , Stroke/epidemiology , Time-to-Treatment/statistics & numerical data , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Emergency Service, Hospital/statistics & numerical data , Endovascular Procedures/statistics & numerical data , Female , Humans , Incidence , Length of Stay , Male , Middle Aged , Portugal/epidemiology , Retrospective Studies , Stroke/diagnosis , Stroke/therapy , Thrombectomy/statistics & numerical data , Thrombolytic Therapy/statistics & numerical data
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Ann Surg ; 273(4): 630-635, 2021 04 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1304013

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OBJECTIVE: The aim of the COVER Study is to identify global outcomes and decision making for vascular procedures during the pandemic. BACKGROUND DATA: During its initial peak, there were many reports of delays to vital surgery and the release of several guidelines advising later thresholds for vascular surgical intervention for key conditions. METHODS: An international multi-center observational study of outcomes after open and endovascular interventions. RESULTS: In an analysis of 1103 vascular intervention (57 centers in 19 countries), 71.6% were elective or scheduled procedures. Mean age was 67 ±â€Š14 years (75.6% male). Suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection was documented in 4.0%. Overall, in-hospital mortality was 11.0% [aortic interventions mortality 15.2% (23/151), amputations 12.1% (28/232), carotid interventions 10.7% (11/103), lower limb revascularisations 9.8% (51/521)]. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [odds ratio (OR) 2.02, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.30-3.15] and active lower respiratory tract infection due to any cause (OR 24.94, 95% CI 12.57-241.70) ware associated with mortality, whereas elective or scheduled cases were lower risk (OR 0.4, 95% CI 0.22-0.73 and 0.60, 95% CI 0.45-0.98, respectively. After adjustment, antiplatelet (OR 0.503, 95% CI: 0.273-0.928) and oral anticoagulation (OR 0.411, 95% CI: 0.205-0.824) were linked to reduced risk of in-hospital mortality. CONCLUSIONS: Mortality after vascular interventions during this period was unexpectedly high. Suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases were uncommon. Therefore an alternative cause, for example, recommendations for delayed surgery, should be considered. The vascular community must anticipate longer term implications for survival.


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COVID-19/complications , Cardiovascular Diseases/surgery , Vascular Surgical Procedures , Adult , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , COVID-19/diagnosis , COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/prevention & control , COVID-19 Testing , Cardiovascular Diseases/complications , Cardiovascular Diseases/mortality , Clinical Decision-Making/methods , Endovascular Procedures/mortality , Endovascular Procedures/statistics & numerical data , Female , Global Health , Hospital Mortality , Humans , Logistic Models , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Prospective Studies , Treatment Outcome , Vascular Surgical Procedures/mortality , Vascular Surgical Procedures/statistics & numerical data
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World Neurosurg ; 148: e172-e181, 2021 04.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1078227

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BACKGROUND: The institution-wide response of the University of California San Diego Health system to the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic was founded on rapid development of in-house testing capacity, optimization of personal protective equipment usage, expansion of intensive care unit capacity, development of analytic dashboards for monitoring of institutional status, and implementation of an operating room (OR) triage plan that postponed nonessential/elective procedures. We analyzed the impact of this triage plan on the only academic neurosurgery center in San Diego County, California, USA. METHODS: We conducted a de-identified retrospective review of all operative cases and procedures performed by the Department of Neurosurgery from November 24, 2019, through July 6, 2020, a 226-day period. Statistical analysis involved 2-sample z tests assessing daily case totals over the 113-day periods before and after implementation of the OR triage plan on March 16, 2020. RESULTS: The neurosurgical service performed 1429 surgical and interventional radiologic procedures over the study period. There was no statistically significant difference in mean number of daily total cases in the pre-versus post-OR triage plan periods (6.9 vs. 5.8 mean daily cases; 1-tail P = 0.050, 2-tail P = 0.101), a trend reflected by nearly every category of neurosurgical cases. CONCLUSIONS: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of California San Diego Department of Neurosurgery maintained an operative volume that was only modestly diminished and continued to meet the essential neurosurgical needs of a large population. Lessons from our experience can guide other departments as they triage neurosurgical cases to meet community needs.


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COVID-19/epidemiology , Hospitals, University/organization & administration , Neurosurgery/organization & administration , Neurosurgical Procedures/statistics & numerical data , Academic Medical Centers/organization & administration , Brain Neoplasms/surgery , COVID-19/diagnosis , COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Testing , COVID-19 Serological Testing , California/epidemiology , Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunts/statistics & numerical data , Elective Surgical Procedures , Endovascular Procedures/statistics & numerical data , Hospital Bed Capacity , Hospital Departments/organization & administration , Humans , Infection Control , Information Dissemination/methods , Intensive Care Units , Laboratories, Hospital , Multi-Institutional Systems , Operating Rooms , Organizational Policy , Personal Protective Equipment/supply & distribution , Retrospective Studies , Risk Assessment , SARS-CoV-2 , Surge Capacity , Triage , Vascular Surgical Procedures/statistics & numerical data , Ventilators, Mechanical/supply & distribution , Wounds and Injuries/surgery
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Ann Surg ; 273(4): 630-635, 2021 04 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1054410

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OBJECTIVE: The aim of the COVER Study is to identify global outcomes and decision making for vascular procedures during the pandemic. BACKGROUND DATA: During its initial peak, there were many reports of delays to vital surgery and the release of several guidelines advising later thresholds for vascular surgical intervention for key conditions. METHODS: An international multi-center observational study of outcomes after open and endovascular interventions. RESULTS: In an analysis of 1103 vascular intervention (57 centers in 19 countries), 71.6% were elective or scheduled procedures. Mean age was 67 ±â€Š14 years (75.6% male). Suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection was documented in 4.0%. Overall, in-hospital mortality was 11.0% [aortic interventions mortality 15.2% (23/151), amputations 12.1% (28/232), carotid interventions 10.7% (11/103), lower limb revascularisations 9.8% (51/521)]. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [odds ratio (OR) 2.02, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.30-3.15] and active lower respiratory tract infection due to any cause (OR 24.94, 95% CI 12.57-241.70) ware associated with mortality, whereas elective or scheduled cases were lower risk (OR 0.4, 95% CI 0.22-0.73 and 0.60, 95% CI 0.45-0.98, respectively. After adjustment, antiplatelet (OR 0.503, 95% CI: 0.273-0.928) and oral anticoagulation (OR 0.411, 95% CI: 0.205-0.824) were linked to reduced risk of in-hospital mortality. CONCLUSIONS: Mortality after vascular interventions during this period was unexpectedly high. Suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases were uncommon. Therefore an alternative cause, for example, recommendations for delayed surgery, should be considered. The vascular community must anticipate longer term implications for survival.


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COVID-19/complications , Cardiovascular Diseases/surgery , Vascular Surgical Procedures , Adult , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , COVID-19/diagnosis , COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/prevention & control , COVID-19 Testing , Cardiovascular Diseases/complications , Cardiovascular Diseases/mortality , Clinical Decision-Making/methods , Endovascular Procedures/mortality , Endovascular Procedures/statistics & numerical data , Female , Global Health , Hospital Mortality , Humans , Logistic Models , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Prospective Studies , Treatment Outcome , Vascular Surgical Procedures/mortality , Vascular Surgical Procedures/statistics & numerical data
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Stroke ; 51(12): 3746-3750, 2020 12.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1021185

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We aimed to investigate the rate of hospital admissions for cerebrovascular events and of revascularization treatments for acute ischemic stroke in Italy during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. METHODS: The Italian Stroke Organization performed a multicenter study involving 93 Italian Stroke Units. We collected information on hospital admissions for cerebrovascular events from March 1 to March 31, 2020 (study period), and from March 1 to March 31, 2019 (control period). RESULTS: Ischemic strokes decreased from 2399 in 2019 to 1810 in 2020, with a corresponding hospitalization rate ratio (RR) of 0.75 ([95% CI, 0.71-0.80] P<0.001); intracerebral hemorrhages decreased from 400 to 322 (hospitalization RR, 0.81 [95% CI, 0.69-0.93]; P=0.004), and transient ischemic attacks decreased from 322 to 196 (hospitalization RR, 0.61 [95% CI, 0.51-0.73]; P<0.001). Hospitalizations decreased in Northern, Central, and Southern Italy. Intravenous thrombolyses decreased from 531 (22.1%) in 2019 to 345 in 2020 (19.1%; RR, 0.86 [95% CI, 0.75-0.99]; P=0.032), while primary endovascular procedures increased in Northern Italy (RR, 1.61 [95% CI, 1.13-2.32]; P=0.008). We found no correlation (P=0.517) between the hospitalization RRs for all strokes or transient ischemic attack and COVID-19 incidence in the different areas. CONCLUSIONS: Hospitalizations for stroke or transient ischemic attacks across Italy were reduced during the worst period of the COVID-19 outbreak. Intravenous thrombolytic treatments also decreased, while endovascular treatments remained unchanged and even increased in the area of maximum expression of the outbreak. Limited hospitalization of the less severe patients and delays in hospital admission, due to overcharge of the emergency system by COVID-19 patients, may explain these data.


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COVID-19/epidemiology , Cerebral Hemorrhage/epidemiology , Hospitalization/statistics & numerical data , Ischemic Attack, Transient/epidemiology , Ischemic Stroke/epidemiology , Thrombectomy/statistics & numerical data , Thrombolytic Therapy/statistics & numerical data , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Endovascular Procedures/statistics & numerical data , Female , Humans , Ischemic Stroke/therapy , Italy/epidemiology , Male , Middle Aged
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PLoS One ; 15(12): e0243299, 2020.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-999823

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BACKGROUND: The novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is having a profound impact on global healthcare. Shortages in staff, operating theatre space and intensive care beds has led to a significant reduction in the provision of surgical care. Even vascular surgery, often insulated from resource scarcity due to its status as an urgent specialty, has limited capacity due to the pandemic. Furthermore, many vascular surgical patients are elderly with multiple comorbidities putting them at increased risk of COVID-19 and its complications. There is an urgent need to investigate the impact on patients presenting to vascular surgeons during the COVID-19 pandemic. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: The COvid-19 Vascular sERvice (COVER) study has been designed to investigate the worldwide impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vascular surgery, at both service provision and individual patient level. COVER is running as a collaborative study through the Vascular and Endovascular Research Network (VERN), an independent, international vascular research collaborative with the support of numerous national and international organisations). The study has 3 'Tiers': Tier 1 is a survey of vascular surgeons to capture longitudinal changes to the provision of vascular services within their hospital; Tier 2 captures data on vascular and endovascular procedures performed during the pandemic; and Tier 3 will capture any deviations to patient management strategies from pre-pandemic best practice. Data submission and collection will be electronic using online survey tools (Tier 1: SurveyMonkey® for service provision data) and encrypted data capture forms (Tiers 2 and 3: REDCap® for patient level data). Tier 1 data will undergo real-time serial analysis to determine longitudinal changes in practice, with country-specific analyses also performed. The analysis of Tier 2 and Tier 3 data will occur on completion of the study as per the pre-specified statistical analysis plan.


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COVID-19/epidemiology , Endovascular Procedures/statistics & numerical data , Health Impact Assessment/statistics & numerical data , Humans , Internet , Operating Rooms/statistics & numerical data , SARS-CoV-2 , Specialties, Surgical/statistics & numerical data , Surgeons , Surveys and Questionnaires , Vascular Surgical Procedures/statistics & numerical data
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Curr Opin Neurol ; 34(1): 18-21, 2021 02 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-940813

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this article is to review the current literature on endovascular treatment of acute ischemic stroke in the aftermath of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) lockdown. RECENT FINDINGS: The outbreak of the COVID-19 has had effect of unprecedented magnitude on the social, economic and personal aspects around the globe. Healthcare providers were forced to expand capacity to provide care to the surging number of symptomatic COVID-19 patients, while maintaining a fully operating service for all non-COVID patients. The recent literature suggesting an overall decrease in acute ischemic stroke admissions as well as total number of endovascular treatments will be reviewed. Although the underlying reasons therefore remain the matter of debate, it seems that the imposed restrictions, requiring social distancing, and stopping all nonessential services, have led to a higher threshold for patients to seek medical attention, in particular in those with less severe symptoms. Thus, raising public awareness on the importance of strokes and transient ischemic attacks is even more important in the light of the current situation to avoid serious healthcare, economic consequences, and limit long term morbidity. SUMMARY: The priority remains maintaining a fast and efficient pre and in-hospital work-flow while mitigating nosocomial transmission and protecting the patient and the healthcare workers with appropriate personal protective equipment.


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Brain Ischemia/surgery , COVID-19 , Endovascular Procedures/methods , Thrombectomy/statistics & numerical data , Communicable Disease Control , Endovascular Procedures/statistics & numerical data , Humans , Pandemics
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J Neurointerv Surg ; 12(11): 1045-1048, 2020 Nov.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-807808

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BACKGROUND: We aimed to compare the outcome of acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients who received endovascular thrombectomy (EVT) with confirmed COVID-19 to those without. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis using the Vizient Clinical Data Base and included hospital discharges from April 1 to July 31 2020 with ICD-10 codes for AIS and EVT. The primary outcome was in-hospital death and the secondary outcome was favorable discharge, defined as discharge home or to acute rehabilitation. We compared patients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 to those without. As a sensitivity analysis, we compared COVID-19 AIS patients who did not undergo EVT to those who did, to balance potential adverse events inherent to COVID-19 infection. RESULTS: We identified 3165 AIS patients who received EVT during April to July 2020, in which COVID-19 was confirmed in 104 (3.3%). Comorbid COVID-19 infection was associated with younger age, male sex, diabetes, black race, Hispanic ethnicity, intubation, acute coronary syndrome, acute renal failure, and longer hospital and intensive care unit length of stay. The rate of in-hospital death was 12.4% without COVID-19 vs 29.8% with COVID-19 (P<0.001). In mixed-effects logistic regression that accounted for patient clustering by hospital, comorbid COVID-19 increased the odds of in-hospital death over four-fold (OR 4.48, 95% CI 3.02 to 6.165). Comorbid COVID-19 was also associated with lower odds of a favorable discharge (OR 0.43, 95% CI 0.30 to 0.61). In the sensitivity analysis, comparing AIS patients with COVID-19 who did not undergo EVT (n=2139) to the AIS EVT patients with COVID-19, there was no difference in the rate of in-hospital death (30.6% vs 29.8%, P=0.868), and AIS EVT patients had a higher rate of favorable discharge (32.4% vs 47.1%, P=0.002). CONCLUSION: In AIS patients treated with EVT, comorbid COVID-19 infection was associated with in-hospital death and a lower odds of favorable discharge compared with patients without COVID-19, but not compared with AIS patients with COVID-19 who did not undergo EVT. AIS EVT patients with COVID-19 were younger, more likely to be male, have systemic complications, and almost twice as likely to be black and over three times as likely to be Hispanic.


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Brain Ischemia/complications , Brain Ischemia/surgery , Coronavirus Infections/complications , Endovascular Procedures/statistics & numerical data , Pneumonia, Viral/complications , Stroke/complications , Stroke/surgery , Thrombectomy/statistics & numerical data , Adolescent , Adult , Age Factors , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , COVID-19 , Comorbidity , Endovascular Procedures/methods , Female , Hospital Mortality , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Retrospective Studies , Sex Factors , Socioeconomic Factors , Stroke Rehabilitation/statistics & numerical data , Thrombectomy/methods , Treatment Outcome , Young Adult
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Eur J Neurol ; 27(12): 2491-2498, 2020 12.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-748698

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Spain has been one of the countries more heavily stricken by SARS-CoV-2, which has had huge implications for stroke care. The aim was to analyse the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic outbreak on reperfusion therapies for acute ischaemic stroke in the northwest of Spain. METHODS: This was a Spanish multicentre retrospective observational study based on data from tertiary hospitals of the NORDICTUS network. All patients receiving reperfusion therapy for ischaemic stroke between 30 December 2019 and 3 May 2020 were recorded, and their baseline, clinical and radiological characteristics, extra- and intra-hospital times of action, Code Stroke activation pathway, COVID-19 status, reperfusion rate, and short-term outcome before and after the setting of the emergency state were analysed. RESULTS: A total of 796 patients received reperfusion therapies for ischaemic stroke. There was a decrease in the number of patients treated per week (46.5 patients per week vs. 39.0 patients per week, P = 0.043) and a delay in out-of-hospital (95.0 vs. 110.0 min, P = 0.001) and door-to-needle times (51.0 vs. 55.0, P = 0.038). Patients receiving endovascular therapy obtained less successful reperfusion rates (92.9% vs. 86.6%, P = 0.016). COVID-19 patients had more in-hospital mortality. CONCLUSION: A decrease in the number of patients benefiting from reperfusion therapies was found, with a delay in out-of-hospital and door-to-needle times and worse reperfusion rates in northwest Spain. COVID-19 patients had more in-hospital mortality.


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COVID-19 , Ischemic Stroke/therapy , Pandemics , Reperfusion , Adult , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Emergency Medical Services/statistics & numerical data , Endovascular Procedures/statistics & numerical data , Female , Humans , Ischemic Stroke/epidemiology , Length of Stay , Male , Middle Aged , Patient Admission/statistics & numerical data , Registries , Retrospective Studies , Spain/epidemiology , Thrombolytic Therapy/statistics & numerical data , Treatment Outcome
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World Neurosurg ; 142: e434-e439, 2020 10.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-715005

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BACKGROUND: The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 pandemic has created challenges to neurosurgical patient care. Despite editorials evaluating neurosurgery responses to 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), data reporting effects of COVID-19 on neurosurgical case volume, census, and resident illness are lacking. The aim of this study was to present a real-world analysis of neurosurgical volumes, resident deployment, and unique challenges encountered during the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 outbreak peak in New York City. METHODS: Daily census and case volume data were prospectively collected throughout the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 outbreak in spring 2020. Neurosurgical census was compared against COVID-19 system-wide data. Neurosurgical cases during the crisis were analyzed and compared with 7-week periods from 2019 and early 2020. Resident deployment and illness were reviewed. RESULTS: From March 16, 2020, to May 5, 2020, residents participated in 72 operations and 69 endovascular procedures compared with 448 operations and 253 endovascular procedures from January 2020 to February 2020 and 530 operations and 340 endovascular procedures from March 2019 to May 2019. There was a 59% reduction in neurosurgical census during the outbreak (median 24 patients, 2.75 average total cases daily). COVID-19 neurosurgical admissions peaked in concert with the system-wide pandemic. Three residents demonstrated COVID-19 symptoms (no hospitalizations occurred) for a total 24 workdays lost (median 7 workdays). CONCLUSIONS: These data provide real-world guidance on neurosurgical infrastructure needs during a COVID-19 outbreak. While redeployment to support the COVID-19 response was required, a significant need remained to continue to provide critical neurosurgical service.


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Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Internship and Residency , Neurosurgery/education , Neurosurgical Procedures/statistics & numerical data , Personnel Staffing and Scheduling/organization & administration , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Adult , Aged , Betacoronavirus , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/therapy , Endovascular Procedures/statistics & numerical data , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Neurosurgery/organization & administration , New York City/epidemiology , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/therapy , SARS-CoV-2
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Can J Neurol Sci ; 48(1): 59-65, 2021 Jan.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-693064

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BACKGROUND: We investigated the impact of regionally imposed social and healthcare restrictions due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to the time metrics in the management of acute ischemic stroke patients admitted at the regional stroke referral site for Central South Ontario, Canada. METHODS: We compared relevant time metrics between patients with acute ischemic stroke receiving intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) and/or endovascular thrombectomy (EVT) before and after the declared restrictions and state of emergency imposed in our region (March 17, 2020). RESULTS: We identified a significant increase in the median door-to-CT times for patients receiving intravenous tPA (19 min, interquartile range (IQR): 14-27 min vs. 13 min, IQR: 9-17 min, p = 0.008) and/or EVT (20 min, IQR: 15-33 min vs. 11 min, IQR: 5-20 min, p = 0.035) after the start of social and healthcare restrictions in our region compared to the previous 12 months. For patients receiving intravenous tPA treatment, we also found a significant increase (p = 0.005) in the median door-to-needle time (61 min, IQR: 46-72 min vs. 37 min, IQR: 30-50 min). No delays in the time from symptom onset to hospital presentation were uncovered for patients receiving tPA and/or endovascular reperfusion treatments in the first 1.5 months after the establishment of regional and institutional restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CONCLUSION: We detected an increase in our institutional time to treatment metrics for acute ischemic stroke patients receiving tPA and/or endovascular reperfusion therapies, related to delays from hospital presentation to the acquisition of cranial CT imaging for both tPA- and EVT-treated patients, and an added delay to treatment with tPA.


Délais dans le traitement en milieu hospitalier des AVC aigus dans le contexte de la pandémie de COVID-19. CONTEXTE: Nous nous sommes penchés, dans le contexte de la pandémie de COVID-19, sur l'impact de restrictions régionales imposées dans le domaine social et dans les soins de santé sur les délais de prise en charge de patients victimes d'un AVC aigu. À noter que ces patients ont été admis dans un centre régional de traitement des AVC situé dans le centre-ouest de l'Ontario (Canada). MÉTHODES: Nous avons comparé entre eux les délais de prise en charge de patients ayant bénéficié d'activateurs tissulaires du plasminogène par intraveineuse (tPA) et/ou d'une procédure de thrombectomie endovasculaire (TE) avant et après la mise sur pied de restrictions et l'imposition d'un état d'urgence sanitaire dans notre région (17 mars 2020). RÉSULTATS: Après la mise sur pied de ces restrictions, nous avons identifié, par rapport aux 12 mois précédent, une augmentation notable des délais médians entre l'arrivée à l'hôpital et un examen de tomodensitométrie dans le cas de patients bénéficiant de tPA (19 minutes, EI : 14­27 minutes contre 13 minutes, EI : 9­17 minutes ; p = 0,008) et/ou d'une procédure de TE (20 minutes, EI : 15­33 minutes contre 11 minutes, EI : 5­20 minutes ; p = 0,035). Pour ce qui est des patients bénéficiant de tPA, nous avons également observé une augmentation importante (p = 0,005) des délais médians entre leur arrivée à l'hôpital et l'injection d'un traitement (61 minutes, EI : 46­72 minutes contre 37 minutes, EI : 30­50 minutes). Enfin, dans le premier mois et demi suivant la mise sur pied des restrictions régionales et institutionnelles attribuables à la pandémie de COVID-19, aucun délai supplémentaire entre l'apparition des premiers symptômes d'un AVC et l'arrivée à l'hôpital n'a été remarqué pour des patients bénéficiant de tPA et/ou d'une procédure de TE. CONCLUSION: En somme, nous avons détecté une augmentation de nos délais de traitement dans le cas de patients victimes d'un AVC aigu ayant bénéficié de tPA et/ou d'une procédure de TE. Cela peut être attribué à une augmentation des délais de présentation à l'hôpital mais aussi à des délais dans l'obtention d'images de tomodensitométrie pour des patients traités avec des tPA et une procédure de TE, sans compter des délais accrus pour bénéficier d'un traitement de tPA.


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Endovascular Procedures/statistics & numerical data , Ischemic Stroke/therapy , Thrombectomy/statistics & numerical data , Thrombolytic Therapy/statistics & numerical data , Time-to-Treatment/trends , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , COVID-19 , Delivery of Health Care/trends , Female , Fibrinolytic Agents/therapeutic use , Humans , Ischemic Stroke/diagnostic imaging , Male , Middle Aged , Ontario , SARS-CoV-2 , Tissue Plasminogen Activator/therapeutic use , Tomography, X-Ray Computed/statistics & numerical data
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Stroke ; 51(8): 2593-2596, 2020 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-680787

ABSTRACT

During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the World Health Organization recommended measures to mitigate the outbreak such as social distancing and confinement. Since these measures have been put in place, anecdotal reports describe a decrease in the number of endovascular therapy (EVT) treatments for acute ischemic stroke due to large vessel occlusion. The purpose of our study was to determine the effect on EVT for patients with acute ischemic stroke during the COVID-19 confinement. In this retrospective, observational study, data were collected from November 1, 2019, to April 15, 2020, at 17 stroke centers in countries where confinement measures have been in place since March 2020 for the COVID-19 pandemic (Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Canada, and United States). This study included 1600 patients treated by EVT for acute ischemic stroke. Date of EVT and symptom onset-to-groin puncture time were collected. Mean number of EVTs performed per hospital per 2-week interval and mean stroke onset-to-groin puncture time were calculated before confinement measures and after confinement measures. Distributions (non-normal) between the 2 groups (before COVID-19 confinement versus after COVID-19 confinement) were compared using 2-sample Wilcoxon rank-sum test. The results show a significant decrease in mean number of EVTs performed per hospital per 2-week interval between before COVID-19 confinement (9.0 [95% CI, 7.8-10.1]) and after COVID-19 confinement (6.1 [95% CI, 4.5-7.7]), (P<0.001). In addition, there is a significant increase in mean stroke onset-to-groin puncture time (P<0.001), between before COVID-19 confinement (300.3 minutes [95% CI, 285.3-315.4]) and after COVID-19 confinement (354.5 minutes [95% CI, 316.2-392.7]). Our preliminary analysis indicates a 32% reduction in EVT procedures and an estimated 54-minute increase in symptom onset-to-groin puncture time after confinement measures for COVID-19 pandemic were put into place.


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections , Disease Management , Endovascular Procedures/statistics & numerical data , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral , Quarantine , Stroke/therapy , Brain Ischemia/therapy , COVID-19 , Eligibility Determination , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Retrospective Studies , Spain , Time-to-Treatment , Treatment Outcome
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Ann Vasc Surg ; 66: 3-5, 2020 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-348233

ABSTRACT

At the outset and during the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, as valuable resources are channeled to combat the pandemic, challenges in timely delivery of non-COVID-19-related health care services such as endovascular service arise. As such, this article looks at a tertiary institution's experience in managing its endovascular workload-referenced to the American College of Surgeons' triage of vascular surgery patient acuity-based case classification.


Subject(s)
Betacoronavirus , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Endovascular Procedures/statistics & numerical data , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Workload/statistics & numerical data , COVID-19 , Humans , Pandemics , Patient Acuity , Patient Selection , Procedures and Techniques Utilization , SARS-CoV-2 , Singapore , Triage
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