Mind the gap!

The Third SSNAP Annual Report

Case Study: Simulation Modelling in focus

Based on a study involving the University of Exeter, PenCLARHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care in the South West), the South West Academic Health Science Network, and 7 regional acute hospitals.
The team used simulation modelling to replicate acute stroke pathways and to ask various ‘what if?’ questions. The project identified three key areas driving overall thrombolysis rates:
• Speed of the pathway, for example taking FAST-positive patients straight to the scanner rather than going via the Emergency Department
• The importance of ascertaining the stroke onset time (even if this may slow the pathway)
• Confidence in using thrombolysis for patients scanned with time left to thrombolyse

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