Alteplase study sparks call for protocol change

Australia’s emergency stroke treatment protocols should be revised, says a co-author of a study that shows alteplase markedly reduces the chances of disability when administered soon after onset of symptoms regardless of the age of the patient.

Those who receive the drug have a 75% better outcome if they are treated within the first three hours, according to the study published in The Lancet.

“There should be no upper age limit for