Stroke guide­lines

Pharmacy Daily - - NEWS -

HEALTH Min­is­ter Greg Hunt has launched Na­tional Stroke Week, with the for­mal an­nounce­ment of new Clin­i­cal Guide­lines for Stroke Man­age­ment which make break­through clot-bust­ing drugs the stan­dard for Aus­tralian pa­tients.

He said the guide­lines were de­vel­oped af­ter an ex­ten­sive process in­volv­ing al­most 100 health pro­fes­sion­als and re­searchers across 21 dis­ci­plines and the re­view of over 100,000 ab­stracts.

Stroke Foun­da­tion ceo Sharon McGowan said the new guide­lines were an im­por­tant step for­ward, with Aus­tralians set to ex­pe­ri­ence over 56,000 strokes this year or one ev­ery nine min­utes.

The theme this year is ‘Think F.A.S.T. and act & ^d - check­ing a po­ten­tial vic­tim’s Face (has their mouth drooped), Arms (can they lift both) and Speech (is it slurred) and stress­ing the im­por­tance of Time.

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