Stroke Management

Following on from our previous Roadside to Resus episode on Stroke, in this episode we look at the rapidly evolving area of stroke management.

In the last 2 decades stroke management has progressed beyond recognition and keeping up with the evidence and available therapies is a significant challenge. We cover the following treatments, looking at the risks and benefits of each, with the goal of being able to offer our patients the best possible outcomes;

  • Aspirin
  • Thrombolysis; both prehospitally and in hospital
  • Thrombectomy
  • Decompressive Hemicraniectomy
  • Normoxia
  • Euglycaemia
  • Acute blood pressure management

As always we’d love to hear any thoughts or comments you have on the website and via twitter.


SimonRob & James


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Aspirin in Stroke;NNT

Stroke Thrombolysis; Life in The Fast Lane

Effects of Prehospital Thrombolysis in Stroke Patients With Prestroke Dependency. Nolte CH. Stroke. 2018

Effect of the use of ambulance based thrombolysis on time to thrombolysis in acute ischemic stroke: a randomized clinical trial. Ebinger M. JAMA. 2014

Indications for thrombectomy in acute ischemic stroke from emergent large vessel occlusion (ELVO): report of the SNIS Standards and Guidelines Committee. Mokin M. J Neurointerv Surg. 2019

Revolution in acute ischaemic stroke care: a practical guide to mechanical thrombectomy. Evans MRB. Pract Neurol. 2017

Extend; The Bottom Line

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