Navigation Links
More Neurology Residents Using Clot-Busting Drug for Stroke
Date:8/4/2011

THURSDAY, Aug. 4 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of neurology residents in the United States feel comfortable using the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) to treat stroke patients with acute ischemic stroke, a new study finds.

An ischemic stroke is caused by blocked blood flow to the brain.

Researchers found that the proportion of neurology residents who say they're comfortable using tPA rose from 73 percent in 2000 to 94 percent in 2010.

"This is good news," senior author Dr. Brett Cucchiara, an assistant professor of neurology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, said in a journal news release.

"It is imperative that neurology residents attain a level of comfort using tPA that will allow them to use the medication effectively in their clinical practice and guide other physicians in its use," Cucchiara noted.

Even though there is evidence that administering tPA within 3 to 4.5 hours after a patient first experiences symptoms of an acute ischemic stroke can reduce disability caused by a stroke, less than 10 percent of these patients currently receive tPA treatment. Lack of physician confidence in using the treatment is one of the reasons for this low rate, according to the study.

The study also reported that 95 percent of 286 neurology residents who were surveyed in 2010 said they had used tPA, compared with 80 percent in an earlier survey. Of the 95 percent who had used tPA, 59 percent said they gave it to a patient at least once without direct faculty supervision.

The study is published in the current issue of the journal Stroke.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about stroke.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Stroke, news release, Aug. 4, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Neuralstem ALS trial in multiple presentations at upcoming American Academy of Neurology meeting
2. Projects In Knowledge Launches Free iPhone App of Living Medical Textbook Neurology: Parkinson's Disease Edition
3. Projects In Knowledge Launches Free iPhone App of Living Medical Textbook Neurology: Multiple Sclerosis 2010 Edition
4. Groundbreaking MS research to be presented at American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting
5. Nursing home residents at heightened risk of falling in the days following
6. Ohio residents: Medical and health research important to states economy, jobs and incomes
7. Review Finds No Harm From Cutback in Residents Docs Hours
8. Psychological effects of BP oil spill go beyond residents of impacted shorelines
9. Most New Jersey residents see global health as critical to states economy
10. California Health Interview Survey releases newest data on state residents health
11. Web-based curriculum improves surgical residents knowledge of health care business
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
More Neurology Residents Using Clot-Busting Drug for Stroke
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due ... up a new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away ... a common occurrence, but a necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Dr. Calvin Johnson ... Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for treating his patients. ... the first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances that orthopaedic surgeons ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may ... to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To ... for healthy coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. announced that 20 Florida attorneys are ... for this recognition are considered among the top 2 percent of lawyers practicing within ... of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame: Miami Shareholders Mark D. Bloom, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils and honing ... contest in which patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic counselor by ... Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. , In ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Revolutionary technology includes multi-speaker listening to ... leaders in advanced audiology and hearing aid technology, has ... the world,s first internet connected hearing aid that opens ...      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160622/382240 ) , ... firsts,: , TwinLink™ - the first dual ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 The vast majority ... outpatient dialysis facility.  Treatments are usually 3 times a ... per visit, including travel time, equipment preparation and wait ... but especially grueling for patients who are elderly and ... skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers for some duration of ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... FRANKLIN, Tenn. , June 23, 2016 ... for automating, integrating and transforming the patient ... launch of several innovative new products and ... depth of its revenue cycle offerings. These ... establish more efficient workflows, remain compliant in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: