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A tailored approach to complex adult scoliosis

Surgery to correct scoliosis and spinal deformity in adolescents and children has an extensive history; however, surgically addressing adults with scoliosis and spinal deformity was a rarity only 30 years ago. Many of these patients were simply told there was nothing to do for them.

Early Mobility after Thrombolysis for Stroke is Safe and Improves Outcomes

The purpose of this study was to evaluate safety and outcome of mobilizing patients to their functional ability within 24 hours of receiving thrombolytic therapy (IV tPA) for stroke at two Primary Stroke Centers.

Grant allows telehealth program to expand

The Providence Brain and Spine Institute's Stroke Center is seeking to extend the Providence Telestroke Network (PTN) to additional rural and urban underserved areas in Eastern Washington and examine the economic and community value derived by participating hospitals through a $1 million, four-year award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Long-term analysis of an Interdisciplinary - Developed Stroke Bedside Swallow Screening Tool

The purpose of this study was to assess performance of the Providence Bedside Swallow Screening Tool (BSS) by reviewing pre- and post-implementation hospital-acquired pneumonia rates, length of stay (LOS), disposition and mortality of our stroke patient population.

Mechanical thrombectomy: a new standard of care

Acute ischemic stroke is the fourth most common cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States. Ischemic stroke typically manifests with acute symptoms such as weakness of the face, arm or leg, numbness, paresthesias, slurred speech, inability to form words, visual disturbance, and diminished level of consciousness, among others.

Patients with Low NIHSS Stroke Scales Have Longer Door to Needle Times: An Analysis of a Telestroke Network

We hypothesized that patients with lower stroke scales would have longer door to needle times (DNT), in addition to other time dependent measures, compared to patients with higher stroke scales because emergency rooms more readily start a stroke alert with more severe symptoms.

Spine Care Continuum Update

The Providence Spine Care Continuum, or SCC, integrates the medical home and medical neighborhood to provide patients with streamlined care at the time of advanced imaging. The program is designed in partnership with primary care to keep the patient in their medical home with the primary care provider (PCP) as the coordinator of care with support from spine specialists.

Telemedicine in urban Primary Stroke Centers overcomes the “Weekend Effect” in door-to-needle times for acute ischemic stroke

There is a well-documented “weekend effect” of slower door-to-needle times for thrombolysis for acute ischemic strokes, compared to weekdays, ostensibly due to the absence of in-person vascular neurologists during evening and weekend hours.