Stroke ambulance slashes time to treat

German doctors have smashed records for the swift treatment of stroke, using a high-tech mobile stroke unit equipped with a CT scanner and point-of-care laboratory.

The specialised ambulance, which is already attracting the envy of Australian experts, slashed the time from first emergency call to a therapy decision to 35 minutes, down from 76 minutes.

The time from symptom onset to intravenous thrombolysis was just 72 minutes - "a new timescale in acute stroke management", researchers