Endovascular Clot Retrieval (ECR)

Initiative Type
Service Improvement
10 January 2018
Last updated
22 October 2019


The project will incorporate extensive clinical input from Queensland Ambulance Services, Emergency Departments, interventional neuroradiology, stroke unit teams, Hospital and Health Service (HHS) Executives (patient flow, bed numbers, cross HHS flow issues), health purchasing, health technology assessment, radiology and others as identified. It will systematically collect the data required to effectively plan and monitor service effectiveness and efficiency.

Key dates
Dec 2016
Dec 2017
Implementation sites
All Queensland Public Hospitals


The aim of the Endovascular Clot Retrieval project is to scope an integrated plan for development of systematic access to Endovascular Clot retrieval (Mechanical Thrombectomy) in Queensland.


  • Improve overall access to dedicated stroke units and stroke unit care across Queensland.
  • Improve the quality, safety, and effectiveness of stroke care in Queensland.


In 2015, five landmark studies were published showing Endovascular Clot Retrieval (ECR) to be highly successful with large vessel occlusions – the Statewide Stroke Clinical Network acknowledged this evidence and is currently funding a project which is based on providing time critical patient assessment and a system to identify suitable candidates for clot retrieval therapy and rapid transport to a facility that has an Interventional Neuro radiologist (of which there are only 3 sites in Qld).

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Key contact

Greg Cadigan
Network Coordinator
Healthcare Improvement Unit
(07) 3328 9191

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