With the ultimate goal of reducing door to needle times to 60 minutes or less in eligible ischemic stroke patients, additional time tracker data elements as well as a patient time tracker report have been added to the Patient Management ToolTM (PMT) for all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke hospitals. This functionality allows your facility to easily see, with just one report, how you are performing on key time targets such as door to stroke team notification, door to brain image, and door to IV tPA time, as well as other important information.
On the Hospitalization tab within the PMT you will see a new section titled “Additional Time Tracker.” Simply click on the arrow to the right of this section to display all of the time tracker fields. To simplify data entry, if you click on the “Set all active Date/Time fields” button, the patient’s arrival date will be auto-populated in every time tracker field. Please note: if a patient arrives close to midnight, or if care is significantly delayed, you may need to update the auto-populated date fields to reflect the appropriate date.
To access the paper version of the Additional Time Tracker fields, click on the “Patient Time Tracker” hyperlink within the Print Blank Forms box to download and print a pdf of the Patient Time Tracker.
To generate the Patient Time Tracker Report, simply go to your reporting page within the PMT. Under “Site-Level Reports” you will see a link to the Patient Time Tracker Report. Once generated, this report can be sorted and filtered within the PMT. You can also export the report to excel.
For additional assistance or further questions about this functionality, please feel free to reach out to your local American Heart Association field staff.