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Study finds expanded stroke treatment window

By: American Nurse Today

The results of a recent study found that the time window for saving stroke victims from disability or death could be expanded to 16 hours. Traditional guidelines set that window at 6 hours.

The key finding is that physicians have more time than they realized to save brain cells using a thrombectomy to remove a clot. The study included 182 patients at 38 U.S. hospitals. Ninety days after treatment, 45% of thrombectomy patients were well enough to be “functionally independent,” compared with 17% of those who didn’t have the procedure. The study results were published on January 24, 2018 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Source: The New York Times.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of the American Nurses Association, the Editorial Advisory Board members, or the Publisher, Editors and staff of American Nurse Journal. This has not been peer reviewed.

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