Patients who experience acute strokes can now be treated through neurointervention treatment up to 24 hours after their last known well time at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, which includes the use of RAPID software. RAPID (Ischemaview) is a software package that helps clinicians determine if neurointervention is a viable option for that patient. This technology expands the window for neurointerventional treatment for acute strokes from six hours to 24 hours, based on updated clinical practice guidelines from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, released earlier in 2018.
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s has also announced 24/7 neurointerventional coverage, thanks to the addition of Stephen B. Rupp, MD, who joins Baljit Deol, MD. An interventional radiologist who is fellowship-trained in Interventional Radiology, Body Imaging-CT and Ultrasound, Rupp completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology and earned his medical degree from Wayne State University. He has undergone additional training within neurointervention.
Rupp will be performing the following for acute stroke care with neurointerventional procedures:
- Mechanical thrombectomies, which are the removal of blood clots from vessels,
- Balloon angioplasties, where a balloon catheter is inflated inside of an artery to allow for more blood flow and
- Intra-arterial treatment of vasospasm, which treats the sudden constriction of a blood vessel within an artery.
If clinicians have any questions about RAPID or the new process, please contact Amy Groenhout, Stroke/Neurointervention Nurse Navigator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616.685.5144.