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Ambulance staff ‘can speed up stroke treatment’

by admin | 11th April 2012

Ambulance staff ‘can speed up stroke treatment’

Treating stroke in specialised ambulances en route to hospital is feasible and could boost the number of patients who receive life-saving therapy, experts believe.

Mobile stroke units can halve the time it takes a patient to get clot-busting drugs, a small German trial found.

The drugs only work if given within four and a half hours of stroke onset.

Since not all patients are suitable candidates, a rapid assessment is critical, The Lancet Neurology reports.

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By Michelle Roberts Health reporter, BBC News

11th April 2012

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