A widely available and user-friendly rapid biochemical test would help manage the highly critical phase of the pre-hospital triage and management of stroke patients, allowing to perform thrombectomy quicker, thus improving the rates of recovery of ischemic stroke patients drastically.
the current protocols
The solution LVOCheck®
Large Vessel Occlusion strokes (LVO strokes) are ischemic strokes in which a large artery of the brain gets obstructed by a thrombus (blood clot).
of all disabilities caused by strokes.
Today LVOs can be treated by mechanical thrombectomy, the mechanical removal of the thrombus operated with a catheter.
An accurate and rapid triage of LVO affected patients is critical during the acute phase to take the patient rapidly to the reference hospital where he/she can receive the treatment as soon as possible.
The treatment for LVO, thrombectomy, can only be performed in specialized hospital (comprehensive stroke centers). Nowadays, the ambulance brings the patient to the closest primary hospital that is not necessarily equipped to perform it.
LVO diagnosis is mainly based on brain imaging data by computerized tomography (angio-CT-scan). If LVOs are detected, the patient must be sent with another ambulance to the reference hospital to get the thrombectomy. The time required for the primary diagnosis and transportation takes from 1 to 2 hours : such extended periods of time in stroke diagnosis are correlated with increased risk of death, of poor outcome, or of longer rehabilitation time.