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Vol 9, No 2 (2007)
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Published online: 2007-07-09
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Acute stroke monitoring. European standards

Ulf Schminke
Udar Mózgu. Problemy Interdyscyplinarne 2007;9(2):52-57.

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Vol 9, No 2 (2007)
Prace poglądowe
Published online: 2007-07-09

Abstract

Acute stroke is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. At the same time stroke has increasingly been recognised as a medical emergency like myocardial infarction or severe trauma. Acute care of stroke patients in specialised stroke units has been proven to be effective in acute ischaemic stroke. Accordingly, several neurological societies have established guidelines for the management of acute stroke. A comprehensive set of recommendations, together with an overview of established and widely used therapeutic strategies, has been published by the European Stroke Initiative (EUSI). While revascularisation therapies such as IV and IA thrombolysis emerged as the only specific treatments in acute stroke to have been demonstrated as being effective in multicentre randomised controlled trials, the general supportive care and treatment of acute complications are of equal importance, even if these procedures have not been investigated in randomised controlled trials. The present article aims to review the state-of-the-art general supportive care which is usually provided on an acute care stroke unit.

Abstract

Acute stroke is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. At the same time stroke has increasingly been recognised as a medical emergency like myocardial infarction or severe trauma. Acute care of stroke patients in specialised stroke units has been proven to be effective in acute ischaemic stroke. Accordingly, several neurological societies have established guidelines for the management of acute stroke. A comprehensive set of recommendations, together with an overview of established and widely used therapeutic strategies, has been published by the European Stroke Initiative (EUSI). While revascularisation therapies such as IV and IA thrombolysis emerged as the only specific treatments in acute stroke to have been demonstrated as being effective in multicentre randomised controlled trials, the general supportive care and treatment of acute complications are of equal importance, even if these procedures have not been investigated in randomised controlled trials. The present article aims to review the state-of-the-art general supportive care which is usually provided on an acute care stroke unit.
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Keywords

acute stroke; monitoring

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Title

Acute stroke monitoring. European standards

Journal

Interdisciplinary Problems of Stroke

Issue

Vol 9, No 2 (2007)

Pages

52-57

Published online

2007-07-09

Bibliographic record

Udar Mózgu. Problemy Interdyscyplinarne 2007;9(2):52-57.

Keywords

acute stroke
monitoring

Authors

Ulf Schminke

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