In 2013, the Ottawa Stroke Program set a new Canadian record for fastest “door-to-needle” time of 12 minutes for a stroke patient to receive a clot-busting drug. And in June 2017, the team slashed that time in half to 6 minutes, matching a time set in Edmonton in March 2017.
The stroke team waited for the patient at the Emergency Department doors and administered the drug called tPA. The drug can dissolve most blood clots and reduce the damage in a stroke, but it’s effective only if given to the patient within a few hours of when symptoms start.
Our stroke care doctors and nurses have been recognized by Accreditation Canada as a premier program in stroke care. Scientists at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute are researching the next generation of therapies.
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