6 key changes in new stroke guidelines

Australia has new clinical guidelines for stroke management, based on a two-year review process including 109,620 studies.

The final guidelines encompass 250 recommendations for stroke treatment and care across the healthcare continuum.

Here are the six key changes from previous guidelines.

  1. GP reception staff to be educated in the FAST* signs of stroke.
  2. It is no longer recommended to get patients up and moving within 24 hours of stroke onset; however, all stroke patients should be moving within 48 hours.
  3. All acute stroke