On September 21, 2015, Health Quality Ontario released draft recommendations from the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee (OHTAC) on a medical device used to treat patients with acute ischemic stroke, known as mechanical thrombectomy:

OHTAC recommends publicly funding stent retrievers and thromboaspiration devices for mechanical thrombectomy in patients with acute ischemic stroke.

Acute ischemic stroke is a type of stroke that is caused by a blocked artery in the brain, resulting in a sudden loss of brain function. Symptoms of stroke include muscle weakness, paralysis on one side of the body, dizziness and slurred speech and can cause death. In Canada, there are 62,000 new strokes per year and more than 300,000 stroke survivors.

Mechanical thrombectomy involves the insertion of a catheter to guide a clot-disrupting device, known as a stent retriever or thromboaspiration device, to a blockage in a cerebral artery located in the brain. The device retrieves the blockage and removes it from the artery.

Health Quality Ontario wants to know what you think about this draft recommendation. To read the full draft recommendation and make a comment please visit the HQO website: www.hqontario.ca/Evidence/Get-Involved/Open-for-Comment.