Vol 7, No 3 (2022)
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Prehospital Acute Stroke Training App (PASTApp) — prototype development and initial validation

Natasza Blek12, Sergiusz Blek3, Aleksandra Olkiewicz3, Lukasz Szarpak14
Disaster Emerg Med J 2022;7(3):157-165.


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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