■ Systematic reviews of randomised trials of tPA in acute ischaemic stroke indicate a clear benefit of treating selected patients within 3 hours of stroke onset. Moreover, a net benefit remained after adjustment for chance baseline imbalances between subgroups in stroke severity within one of these trials (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke [NINDS]). ■ Rates of favourable outcomes and intracranial haemorrhage comparable with those in randomised trials can be achieved in routine clinical practice; however, translation of net benefit from tPA therapy requires organised and coordinated stroke management across the continuum of care. ■ Prerequisites for well organised and coordinated acute stroke care are: consensus among care providers on the use of tPA; stroke-care teams spanning the gaps between pre-hospital care, emergency departments and stroke units; and collegiate relations and effective communication networks between care providers.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Medical Journal of Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Jun 2004|