Specialist ambulance cuts stroke treatment times

Dedicated stroke ambulances dramatically increase the number of patients getting thrombolysis within an hour of symptoms, a German study has found.

The two-year trial was carried out at a Berlin hospital using a specialised ambulance staffed with a neurologist and equipped with a CT scanner and point-of-care lab.

It looked at times and rates of thrombolysis when the dedicated ambulance was in use, compared with control periods when