January 17th, 2012

Helicopter not always better for stroke patients

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The conventional wisdom that helicopters are the best way to transport all stroke patients treated with clot-busting drugs may not be correct, a small study at one medical center suggests…That is true in some cases, according to Dr. Alejandro Rabinstein of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, one of the researchers on the new study…"It's been presumed that getting to the stroke center from your local center faster (by helicopter) is going to improve outcomes," Rabinstein told Reuters Health. "But the reality is that no one has examined that."

Reuters, by Amy Norton, 12/2011

Tags: Mayo Clinic Rochester, Neurology

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