Melbourne hospital slashes picture-to-puncture times

Time to treatment for stroke patients undergoing intra-arterial therapy has been cut by 40% at the Royal Melbourne Hospital following wide-ranging system improvements.

Picture-to-puncture (P2P) time – a new metric defined as the interval between initial CT scan and groin puncture for intra-arterial therapy (IAT) – decreased from an average of 171 to 123 minutes over a seven-year span, researchers report in the Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery.

The reduction was