Have COVID-19 Quarantine Measures Triggered the Incidence of Stroke Patients Transported By Ambulance?

ÇELEBI I., GÜDEN E., Çalışkan C., KOÇAK H.

Akdeniz Tıp Dergisi, vol.10, no.1, pp.124-130, 2024 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.53394/akd.1175276
  • Journal Name: Akdeniz Tıp Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.124-130
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: The aim of this retrospective study was to determine to what extent the incidence of stroke in individuals whose physical activity was restricted due to the mandatory lockdown during the pandemic has been affected. Material and Method: The study population consists of patients with the International Classification of Disease (ICD) codes of stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhages, cerebrovascular situations, cerebrovascular diseases, subdural hemorrhages, hemiplegia and hemiparesis who were admitted to the Kayseri EMS between March 2019 and February 2021. Results: The average timeframe in which the assigned Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team reached stroke patients before the COVID-19 pandemic was 7.69±5.85 minute. The mean time to reach the patient during the COVID-19 process was found to be 8.94±6.51 minutes. Ambulance transportation times during COVID-19 were longer and statistically significant. The mean age pre-COVID-19 was 72.18±11.69 (min:42, max:99); The intrapandemic mean age was 71.46±11.79 (min:42.00, max:97.00). There was no significant difference between the mean age of the two groups (p=0.929). Conclusion: As a result of this single-center study conducted in Turkey, it was observed that the COVID-19 pandemic did not affect the incidence of stroke patients and significantly affected the duration of transportation in emergency healthcare applications. More comprehensive multicenter studies are recommended.