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.