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Stroke and thrombolysis: an old disease with a new approach
© Catorze et al. 2011
- Published: 1 March 2011
- Public Health
- Emergency Medicine
- Acute Stroke
- Symptom Onset
The incidence of stroke doubles for every decade after 45 years of age, and 70% of these events occur in the over 65 s. A rational approach with a thrombolysis protocol can diminish this clinical and social burden.
In the past 20 months all patients with acute stroke were referred to ICU staff for evaluation and compliance to effective thrombolysis until 4.30 hours from the onset of symptoms. All clinicians were advised and triage in the ED was adapted using NIHSS.
Stroke risk factors
High blood pressure
Complications during the ICU stay
The clinicians' compliance and patients' reference to dedicated teams (stroke teams) resulted in the treatment of 22.4% of observed patients (1 to 11% in the literature). Some complications could be avoided with simple measures. This protocol should continue and should be emphasized.
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