Paramedics may be first source of treatment for stroke patients, study finds

February 4, 2015 10:26 PM

2 0

Paramedics may be first source of treatment for stroke patients, study finds

In the first study of its kind, a consortium led by UCLA physicians found that paramedics can start medications for patients in the first minutes after onset of a stroke. While the specific drug tested, magnesium sulfate, did not improve patient outcomes, the research has resulted in a new method to get promising treatments to stroke patients quickly.

The study found that, by working with paramedics in the field, intravenous medications can be given to stroke patients within the "golden hour," the window in which patients have the best chance to survive and avoid debilitating, long-term neurological damage. That finding is a "game changer," said ...

Read more

To category page

Loading...