Routing protocol accurately identifies candidates for thrombectomy following stroke

Takeaway

  • The Madrid-Direct Referral to Endovascular Center (M-DIRECT) scale for routing people to specialist centers for thrombectomy following stroke was found to be highly accurate and with treatment rates and outcomes similar to a comparator cohort.

Why this matters

    By identifying good candidates for thrombectomy, routing patients using the M-DIRECT scale could help avoid overload of specialist thrombectomy-capable treatment centers.