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In the era of mechanical reperfusion, HEMS can be a powerful instrument for improving acute stroke delivery and research that is currently underutilized. The speed of HEMS may allow reperfusion for a large number of patients that would not have immediate access due to geography or traffic congestion. Also, HEMS critical early time period after a stroke where specific interventions to preserve penumbra and prevent reperfusion injury may have a significant influence on outcomes. The impact of physical factors generated by the helicopter on the ischemic brain needs to be studied. HEMS are also an opportunity to increase recruitment of patients in standard clinical trials. Addressing the HEMS stroke gap is necessary to homogenize the delivery of acute stroke care and research capabilities through all care settings, therefore minimizing disparities in outcomes based in geographical location.

European Stroke Journal Sept 2016

 

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it was held as usualĀ in Florence (CTO) we followed the top trial session. Ongoing RCT were presented mostly from larger international initiatives. Small national activities are also under construction. A large discussion was opened on the chance to address specific educational programs for interventional neurology. The national need of interventional neurologists is large: 100-200 doctors. Should be a radiologist to practice thrombectmy ? a Neurosurgeon (exceeding number in Italy) ? a well trained Neurologists ? The answer from the faculty board is to wait for a new medical figure that will be possibly available in 5-10 years from now.