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Direct to angiosuite strategy versus standard workflow triage for endovascular therapy: systematic review and meta-analysis


Background Reducing stroke workflow times when performing endovascular thrombectomy is associated with improvement in clinical outcomes. We compared outcomes among large vessel occlusion (LVO) stroke patients following the direct to angiosuite (DTAS) strategy versus standard workflow (SW) when undergoing endovascular therapy.

Methods We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to compare rates of functional outcomes, reperfusion, symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage (sICH) and stroke workflow metrics. We included observational studies and clinical trials that compared the DTAS strategy versus SW, and at least one outcome of interest was assessed. Clinical, methodological and statistical heterogeneity were measured, and a random-effects model was used.

Results 12 studies were included in the systematic review and 8 in the meta-analysis (n=2890). The DTAS strategy was associated with significant higher odds of good functional outcome at 90 days (47.3% vs 34.9%; OR 1.58, 95% CI 1.16 to 2.14) and a significant average reduction of door-to-puncture (mean differences (MD) −35.09, 95% CI −49.76 to −20.41) and door-to-reperfusion times (MD –32.88, 95% CI –50.75 to –15.01). We found no differences in sICH (OR 0.80, 95% CI 0.53 to 1.20), mortality (OR 1.00, 95% CI 0.60 to 1.67) or successful reperfusion rates (OR 1.37, 95% CI 0.82 to 2.29). Moreover, the DTAS strategy was associated with greater odds of dramatic clinical improvement at 24 hours (OR 1.79, 95% CI 1.15 to 2.79).

Conclusion Patients undergoing the DTAS strategy had a significant reduction in door-to-puncture and door-to-reperfusion times. This resulted in an increased rate of early neurological and 90-day functional recovery without compromising safety in LVO patients undergoing endovascular thrombectomy.

  • Stroke
  • Thrombectomy
  • Angiography
  • Intervention

Data availability statement

Data are available upon reasonable request. Data not included in the Supplemental Material section is available from the authors upon reasonable request.

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