The first patients in France and the USA have been enrolled into the large-scale WE-TRUST* multicenter randomized controlled clinical trial. This trial aims to evaluate whether a Direct to Angio Suite (DTAS) workflow can improve outcomes for early time-window stroke patients when compared to the conventional method where a diagnostic MR/CT scan is made before transfer to the angio suite. The Bicêtre Hospital in Paris (AP-HP**), France, has successfully recruited the first French patient in the WE-TRUST trial. The Baptist Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center, a comprehensive stroke center in Jacksonville (Florida, USA), has successfully enrolled the first patient in the USA. These steps are an important international expansion of the WE-TRUST trial, which is already running in several European and South American countries including Spain, Turkey, Germany, Brazil, The Netherlands, Argentina and France.
“Every second counts for acute stroke patients. It is critically important to act quickly and treat them as soon as possible for better results and a better quality of life,” said Ricardo Hanel, MD, PhD, neurosurgeon, Director of the Baptist Neurological Institute. “By incorporating US patients into the WE-TRUST trial, we aim to help provide data and outcomes that will inform clinical workflows, that in turn (and more importantly), benefit patients across the globe.”
The first patient that was treated in France had a severe stroke  and arrived directly at the hospital, going straight to the angio suite where within 30 minutes Dr Vanessa Chalumeau started the procedure to remove the blood clot in their brain. After the intervention, the patient’s condition improved significantly . “By using the direct-to-angio approach we were able to diagnose and treat this patient faster than conventional methods,” said Laurent Spelle, MD, PhD, interventional neuroradiologist and Chairman at NEURI Brain Vascular Center at Bicêtre Hospital. “Our goal is to find more effective and efficient ways to diagnose, treat, and manage stroke, ultimately enhancing the quality of life for patients. By joining WE-TRUST we can help build the clinical evidence for the Direct to Angio Suite (DTAS) workflow, a new treatment approach that has great potential to improve patient outcomes.”