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Prehospital Acute Stroke Training App (PASTApp) — prototype development and initial validation

Natasza Blek12, Sergiusz Blek3, Aleksandra Olkiewicz3, Lukasz Szarpak14
DOI: 10.5603/DEMJ.a2022.0011
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  1. Institute of Outcomes Research, Maria Sklodowska-Curie Medical Academy, Warsaw, Poland
  2. Department of Neurology, Wolski Hospital, Warsaw, Poland
  3. Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland
  4. Polish Society of Disaster Medicine, Warsaw, Poland

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Acute ischemic stroke (AIS) is a medical emergency that destroys roughly 2 million neurons
each minute, highlighting the importance of treating it with the “time is brain” approach.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: This article will explain the development process of a new smartphone application
called PASTApp (Prehospital Acute Stroke Training App) designed to help Emergency Medical Teams diagnose
and triage suspected acute stroke patients in the field. We describe the app’s features, content, and development
and maintenance methods. This smartphone app was developed using a combination of user-centered
techniques, including the Information Systems Research methodology and design thinking.
RESULTS: The PASTApp was designed iteratively to satisfy prehospital care workers’ preferences.
CONCLUSIONS: Using such an app may improve management, speed, data quality, and communication
during patient handover.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Acute ischemic stroke (AIS) is a medical emergency that destroys roughly 2 million neurons
each minute, highlighting the importance of treating it with the “time is brain” approach.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: This article will explain the development process of a new smartphone application
called PASTApp (Prehospital Acute Stroke Training App) designed to help Emergency Medical Teams diagnose
and triage suspected acute stroke patients in the field. We describe the app’s features, content, and development
and maintenance methods. This smartphone app was developed using a combination of user-centered
techniques, including the Information Systems Research methodology and design thinking.
RESULTS: The PASTApp was designed iteratively to satisfy prehospital care workers’ preferences.
CONCLUSIONS: Using such an app may improve management, speed, data quality, and communication
during patient handover.

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Keywords

prehospital care; stroke; mHealth; app

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Prehospital Acute Stroke Training App (PASTApp) — prototype development and initial validation

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Disaster and Emergency Medicine Journal

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2022-06-20

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DOI

10.5603/DEMJ.a2022.0011

Keywords

prehospital care
stroke
mHealth
app

Authors

Natasza Blek
Sergiusz Blek
Aleksandra Olkiewicz
Lukasz Szarpak

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