Background and Purpose: Mechanical thrombectomy (MT) is a time-dependent therapy that is only available at a limited number of hospitals. As such, patients that live at a considerable distance of those specialized centers often require rapid interhospital emergent evacuation with Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) to be considered for MT. It is not known whether the use of HEMS is equitable across different groups of patients. Methods: Acute ischemic stroke patients emergently transferred to another facility were identified in a retrospective review of a large Medicare claims database.

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