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Trau wins cheetah, marathon awards for prompt stroke treatment

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

When it comes to treating stroke, every minute counts. For ischemic strokes, the most common type of stroke, each one-minute reduction in delivery of treatment translates to roughly an additional week of life. Therefore, congratulations are in order to Child Neurology Resident Steven Trau, MD, as well as entire Neurology and Child Neurology residents and fellows, for their prompt delivery of care. Carmen Graffagnino MD, provided Trau with a trophy this week for providing the fastest tPA treatment for stroke among Duke Neurology housestaff this year. Trau provided both the fastest  treatment for an individual (14 minutes from the moment of entry until treatment was provided) and the lowest overall time (35 minutes) for his average overall treatment time.

Trau's speediness parallels the performance of the Neurology residents and fellows as a whole, whose average time for tPA administration was 40 minutes, a reduction of almost 20 minutes compared to last year. Runners-up in providing prompt treatment included Neurology residents Jennifer Kang, MD, and Colleen Stack, MD, MBA.