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Performance Measure Definition: Stroke Alert Scene Interval Compliance

Description: This indicator measures ATCEMS crew compliance with the scene interval goal of less than 15 minutes for Stroke Alert patients.
Desired Outcome:  ATCEMS crews rapidly identify patients meeting Stroke Alert criteria and then minimize time spent on scene, quickly beginning transport to an appropriate Stroke Center.
Relevance:  Stroke Alert patients require rapid access to definitive care for their conditions.  In these cases, ATCEMS personnel must prioritize initiation of transport over non-lifesaving care.
Measure Domain: Clinical care
Type of Measure:  Process

Operational Specifications
Formula Description:  Stroke Alert Scene Interval Compliance is calculated by dividing the count of Stroke Alert patient contacts with a scene time interval of less than 15 minutes by the count of all Stroke Alert patients contacts.
Unit of Analysis:  Patient contacts
  • Numerator: Patient contacts documented as meeting Stroke Alert criteria who are transported to a receiving facility and have a scene interval of less than 15 minutes.
  • Denominator:  All patient contacts meeting Stroke Alert criteria who are transported to a receiving facility.
Measure Frequency:  Quarterly
Minimum Population/Sample:  None
Performance Standard:  ATCEMS personnel will initiate transport of alert patients within 15 minutes of arrival at scene, in 90 percent of all cases.
Acceptable Quality Level:  Not defined
Interval Description:  The time interval beginning with the Scene Arrival Time for the first on-scene transporting unit and ending with the Scene Departure time (from CAD) for the unit transporting the patient.
Reporting Value(s):  Percent of patient contacts meeting performance target.
  • Temporal aggregations (month, hour of day, etc.) are based on the date/time of earliest recorded call pickup. 
  • Geographic aggregations are based on incident locations.
Stratification: None
Limitations:  None
Related Measures: 
  • CPI 02 - Stroke Alert Scene Time: The CPI measure uses the same filter set as the Stroke Alert bundle indicator, but reports performance as a 90th percentile scene time value, per OMD specifications.
Notes: Transport delays may be unavoidable in some cases, such as delayed access to patients due to scene safety issues, difficulty identifying or reaching patient, etc. These cases are reviewed by Clinical Performance Management personnel. They are generally treated as “goal met” for purposes of measure calculation.
Performance is reported on a quarterly basis due to generally small monthly patient counts.
This indicator is a component of the Stroke Alert Bundle.

ATCEMS Open Performance Dashboard
City of Austin Open Data Portal
ATCEMS System Performance Dashboard
  • Orientation: External
  • Format: Line chart of monthly values, beginning in the first quarter of FY2013-14.
  • Data Source: Open Data table [EMS - Quarterly Clinical Measures – Stroke Alert]

Office of the Medical Director, Austin/Travis County EMS System (2016).  “Clinical Standard CS-34: Stroke Alert Criteria.” Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Service System Clinical Operating Guidelines version 021716.

Development Status: Actively reporting 
Definition Version: Version B 
Revision Date: 2017-01-24 
Revised By: David Andersen