9 stroke management changes for GPs

Major changes in the way stroke is managed — including on initial presentation in primary care — have been highlighted in new guidelines released by the Stroke Foundation.

The main emphasis of the Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2017 is on promoting prompt  recognition and treatment of stroke and TIA, says Associate Professor Bruce Campbell, a neurologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and co-chair of the guidelines working group.

Key points for primary care include:

  1. Educate GP reception staff to recognise the FAST (face, arms, speech, time)