The Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee (OHTAC) has recommended publicly funding stent retrievers and thromboaspiration devices for mechanical thrombectomy in patients with acute ischemic stroke in selected stroke centres identified by the Ontario Stroke Network (OSN).

OHTAC made the recommendation in the paper, OHTAC Recommendations for Mechanical Thrombectomy for Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke, recently released and available on the HQO website.

“We are very pleased about the OHTAC review and subsequent recommendation,” said OSN Director of Best Practices Linda Kelloway. “This further confirms the difference that mechanical thrombectomy treatment can make to improve the lives of some people experiencing a stroke.”

“The OSN is working with the 11 regional stroke networks and provincial agencies to implement protocols, processes and training ‎for health care providers to support access to this treatment for Ontarians,” she said.

OHTAC’s primary goal is to ensure that Ontario residents have access to health interventions that optimize patient outcomes and provide the best value for money. To do this, OHTAC makes recommendations about health interventions to the health care system and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. In making its recommendations, OHTAC takes multiple sources of evidence into account, including high-quality research from Health Quality Ontario’s Evidence Development and Standards (EDS) branch and research partners; guidance from expert panels; and feedback from public consultations.


The Ontario Stroke Network provides provincial leadership and planning for the continuum of stroke care in Ontario—from health promotion and stroke prevention to acute care, recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration.


Patrick Moore
Communications Manager, Ontario Stroke Network
2300 Yonge Street, Suite 1300, P.O. Box 2414, Toronto, Ontario M4P 1E4 |
Cell: (416) 455-7394