Pre-hospital Stroke Care

When it comes to stroke patient care, every moment counts. In this infographic, biospatial expounds on the various ways pre-hospital stroke care data can be used to improve patient outcomes. The biospatial platform provides access to >130M electronic Patient Care Reports (ePCRs) from thousands of EMS providers across the United States. Read on to learn more about the types of pre-hospital stroke data available, and how these data can be used to improve patient outcomes.

Types of stroke

Ischemic stroke icon

blood flow blockage in the artery that supplies oxygen to the brain

Hemmorhagic stroke icon

artery blood leak or rupture, causing intracranial pressure to build


“mini-stroke,” an ischemic sub-type where blood flow quickly resumes

Pre-hospital insights

Pie chart showing 64 percent

the American Heart Association has determined that 64% of stroke patients arrive at the hospital by EMS

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in 2021, 1.25% of all 911 EMS activations were stroke-related

Pie chart showing 15 percent

15% of stroke patients asked the EMS provider to take them to a specific hospital

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emergent stroke calls increased by approximately 10% between 2020 and 2021

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hospitals received a pre-hospital alert for 43% of stroke patients transported by EMS

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stroke events were most prevalent between the hours of 9am and 4pm in 2021

Quality performance measures

Graphic displaying Coverdell Measures 1-7 against a y-axis of % of suspected stroke transports

The graph above shows a grouping of EMS agencies’ performance against the biospatial national average using the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program Quality Performance Measures. The graphic below explains how each Coverdell measure is applied to suspected-stroke transports.

A graphic explaining each Coverdell metric

Uses for pre-hospital stroke data

as real-world evidence:

discover trends and visualize by geography, time, medical conditions, and patient demographics

analyze near real-time access to EMS stroke volumes in your area

compare performance quality metrics to national standards

improve community and provider outreach

link with HIE data to uncover the complete patient journey

in clinical trials:

monitor and get near real-time alerts for patient recruitment

leverage near real-time epidemiological data

find clinical sites to match inclusion/ exclusion criteria

recruit patients into studies requiring short consent windows

use patient demographics to ensure diversity in clinical trial participants

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