The RACE is on for better
RACE stands for Rapid Arterial oCclusion Evaluation and the RACE scale is an effective prehospital “triage” tool to predict an LVO (Large Vessel Occlusion) that may be treated with catheter intervention. Early identification of LVO through a RACE score equal or greater to 5 – communicated by radio to the ER team – leads to early activation of Comprehensive Stroke teams, early two-way communication regarding patient status and early intervention to remove the occlusion, which ultimately results in better outcomes for the patient.
Target Stroke is a national quality improvement initiative of The American Heart /American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) focused on improving administration of the clot-busting drug Activase or tPA. The metric for this known as door to needle time (DTN) reflects how rapidly this drug is given when someone arrives at the hospital that is eligible for this drug. Target stroke continues to raise the bar for rapid administration of tPA. To become the highest Target Stroke Level Target Stroke Elite Plus a facility you must reach benchmarks for DTN not only within 45 minutes of arrival.
The ANN has been meeting the AHA/ASA Target Stroke challenge year after year. Check out our Target Stroke Hospitals.