Pre-hospital stroke care: from portable CTs to mobile thrombolysis

Br Dr R Bowry & Dr JC Grotta

A blocked artery in the brain can often lead to irreversible brain injury resulting in an ischemic stroke with major disability, dementia or death [1, 2] The treatment of such strokes involves the administration of intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV tPA) within 4.5 hours of symptom onset to restore blood flow and tissue perfusion [3].

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