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Specialist nurse beats national thrombolysis treatment average by 40 minutes

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A nurse specialist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has administered lifesaving thrombolysis treatment in just 12 minutes, beating the national average by 40 minutes.

Nurse specialist Jonathon Britton and Dr Tharani Thirugnana-Chandran from the trust’s Brain Attack Team successfully gave the treatment after a stroke patient arrived in accident and emergency.

“Achieving a door to needle time of just 12 minutes is an absolutely amazing achievement”

Alastair Bailey

During this time the patient was assessed, had bloods taken and a CT scan of their brain was conducted prior to treatment being administered, said the trust.

It highlighted that the “door to needle time” for administering clot-busting drugs to stroke patients was critical and could make a real difference to the outcome for the patient.

Alastair Bailey, the trust’s lead nurse for stroke, said: “Achieving a door to needle time of just 12 minutes is an absolutely amazing achievement.

“I thought the time set last year of 13 minutes would be impossible to break,” he said. “It is great that we are able to provide such a fast and safe service to patients who are suffering a stroke.”

The national average door to needle time is 52 minutes according to statistics provided by the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme.

However, the average time in Leeds is 43 minutes, according to recent figures released.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Yorkshire nurse praised for rapid thrombolysis treatment

Jonathon Britton and Dr Tharani Thirugnana-Chandran

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  • Stroke thrombolysis has been shown it increase mortality, to use the headline "life saving" is thus inaccurate.

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