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Joint guidelines call for speedier assessment of patients with stroke

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 23 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a955
  1. Henry Creagh
  1. 1London

    All patients suspected of having had a stroke should be admitted as quickly as possible to an acute stroke unit and, if appropriate, given thrombolytic treatment, say new guidelines for the United Kingdom.

    Patients who have had transient ischaemic attacks (“mini-strokes”) should no longer have to face the risk of having a full acute stroke while they wait, sometimes weeks, for assessment, the guidelines state.

    Two sets of guidelines were launched on Wednesday 23 July, one from the Royal College of Physicians and the other from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Both documents highlight the fact that one in 10 deaths in the UK are caused by a …

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